When I was approaching 50 a few years back, I wanted to avoid falling prey to one of those tragic mid-life crisis. If I was going to pass through that season without hurting anyone, including myself, I needed a plan. I decided that the best way to sidestep having an affair with a cabana boy, was to choose my crisis ahead of time.
I couldn’t exactly call it a crisis, then, but since it was my mid-life I decided not to let a mere matter of semantics stop me. After much consideration regarding what I could do to recapture the feeling of youthfulness that epitomizes this infamous crisis, I devised my plan. I would buy a turntable and collect vinyl records.
There are purists out there who choose vinyl because they feel strongly that analog recordings are superior to digital recordings, but I am not one of those people. In fact, I had to Google it in order to understand the difference. Even then, I didn’t completely grasp the technical aspects of the discussion.
Obviously, I am not an audio engineer. I don’t even know if I would be able to tell the difference between the analog and digital recordings if someone played them for me. But what I do know is this… records fit my retro tendencies and they bring back fond memories!
I still recall the very first record I bought in my youth. I was about twelve years old and I went to a yard sale and came home with the Partridge Family album titled Up To Date. I was particularly excited because the album cover had the picture and birth date of everyone on the show. Even the dog’s.
My juvenile heart leapt for joy when I saw that David Cassidy, that gorgeous 1970’s heartthrob, shared my birthday! I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what started my love of vinyl. I bought more records over the years, but after CD’s became the norm I ended up giving away my record collection.
Thanks to my mid-life crisis, though, I did buy a new turntable and I have been thoroughly enjoying returning to my vinyl roots. I have replaced some of the albums that I remember owning decades ago, but others are new to me. One of these is The Best of Bread. It has become my all-time favorite out of my entire collection and I never tire of side one.
But don’t worry, David Cassidy, you will always have a special place in my heart as my very first cabana boy!