I started participating in Record Store Day my senior year of high school. Since then, it’s a day that I look forward to all year. While the album releases are exciting (especially the David Bowie picture discs that have been coming out the past several years), what keeps me going to Luna Music at 7:00 a.m. is the community aspect. Hearing people in line excitedly talk about the releases being put out by their favorite bands, seeing local groups play their hearts out on the makeshift stage behind the shop, and getting my fill of local food makes me leave Luna feeling more connected with my community.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty proud Hoosier. I don’t agree with state politics, and I’m really sick of this damn weather, but I love the people and the culture we have here in Indianapolis. In high school-like many of my peers-I hated living in Indiana. I didn’t think there was anything to do in the city, and I couldn’t pinpoint any specific culture that Indianapolis could claim as its own. Turns out, I wasn’t looking hard enough, or looking at all for that matter.
After experiencing my first Record Store Day in Broad Ripple, I started venturing out to places like Fountain Square. Every First Friday, watching sets at Joyful Noise, I was blown away by the talent and the passion that was harbored in my own backyard. Seeing people my age, who balanced school and work with making albums and visual art was not only inspiring, but it made me fall in love with our city.
Of course, I’ll be in Broad Ripple early Saturday morning. I’ll be in line waiting for the Led Zeppelin release–not that Jimmy Page needs any more of my money–and the Phantom Thread score. But what I’ll really be looking forward to is hearing live music, and now that I’m 21, supporting our local breweries.
As far as records go, I’m not a collector in the true definition of the word. I don’t hunt for original pressings, nor do I have the bank account to support a habit that extreme. What I do appreciate, however, are the stories that records tell. Shopping at second-hand stores and finding “The Beatles” album, (“The White Album”) with ink sketches drawn on by previous owners or folk albums that relay stories of the times in which they were written give me a greater appreciation for the music I listen to. Out of the records in my collection, the ones in heaviest rotation are Little Steven’s”Voice of America,” George Harrison’s “Brainwashed” and a Hank Williams compilation albums that I found in San Francisco. All of these albums, at least for me, share stories and ideas that-even if I don’t relate to-give me a greater understanding of the world and people around me.
With Record Store Day 2018 just hours away, I hope that you enjoy the best holiday of the year as much as I do.