For someone that is so into music, I was pretty ashamed of myself that I only got into vinyls a year ago. But I did and I haven’t looked back. It all started when I received a new eye shadow palette that came with a vinyl player! I felt like it was a new toy, and working the contraption that it was to play the music that was provided was such an exciting experience that it spurred a desire to hear more.
Originally Matthew was all about modern music and modern techniques of recording and often turned his nose up to the idea of doing anything out dated. But there was something about that crackle, about watching that needle score the top of that beautiful rotating disk that even he couldn’t refuse.
Shortly after receiving the player, we jetted off to New York for a holiday and returned with an amazing stash of Vinyls and by sitting down to check out all of our purchases, this inadvertently created a new kind of evening for us. Vinyl night as we like to call it, is where we grab a stack of Vinyls pour a drink, and spend the night talking until we’ve listening to them all. On a moment like this, my choice of beverage is a glass of wine, and what is particularly perfect for these long summer nights is the Gallo Family Vineyards range of Spritz. These fruity fizzy flavours are a perfect way to soak up the songs. Just like my music taste I like that there are a variety of flavours to choose from, particularly the new Spritz Peach and Nectarine which is really refreshing and with only 5.5% alcohol, is great, as the point of Vinyl night is to enjoy the gentle buzz and appreciate the sounds.
Another point which makes Vinyl night special is the fact that its really social. Sitting around talking and then taking it in turns to remove the pin, turn the vinyl over, then place the pin back and with a slight hint of anticipation, the music starts playing again and you resume. It’s quite a ritual thing to do also. Its physical. You can feel the music, you can see and touch all the artwork in the sleeve, and by some sort of witch craft which I still cant fathom, the music is engraved in to something you can pick up and own. It also forces you to listen to the albums all the way through. We are so accustomed to this shuffle and skip way of music these days, that we often forget about some tracks that are also hidden gems.
That’s why I love vinyl and I feel that its a pretty healthy and worthwhile addiction to have. Do let me know any activities that you like to take part in on an evening with your loved ones over a glass of wine!