I always have, always will; Do it for the vinyl
Opinion 1 by Audrey Hertel
We’ve all heard that cliché come out of an alternative/hipster barista at your local coffee shop’s mouth. “It sounds better on vinyl.” Well the truth is, Barista Chad, you’re totally right. And I’m not just saying that to try to be cool. I have a valid belief that listening to music on a vinyl is better than listening to CDs or streaming music on your phone.
Music is an experience, and I believe that listening to vinyl allows for that to become even more of a reality. Because technology has become a part of our everyday lives, listening to vinyl has become such a unique experience.
A reason that listening to vinyls is so unique is because you’re more likely to listen to them from beginning to end. Vinyls allow you to admire the record as a whole value of work. There’s no skipping over songs, (well you can, but it’s kind of a pain to change the song). There’s an inkling to listen to the whole body of work that the artist has put out.
A certain artistry goes along with the creation of a vinyl record including the sleeve and cover art. Many people who listen to vinyl become more appreciative of the artist’s concept of the record, which means that person appreciates the art. Many artists who create vinyls have an appreciation for art in itself which allows the person who listens to that artist to appreciate it as well.
Listening to vinyl also helps people create a more diverse music taste.
Nothing beats going to a record store and looking at cover art, digging it and taking it home. Because vinyls are a bit expensive, people actually listen to them instead of just saving a song to one playlist that you “promise you’ll listen to a little bit later.”
My favorite record stores in Omaha are Homer’s Records, Drastic Plastic and Almost Music.
All of them are in East Omaha, so if you’re like me and live in West O don’t worry because vinyl is totally worth the drive. The expense of a vinyl can range from store to store though, so make sure you go to different ones to compare prices and get the best bang for your buck.
Make sure to check out antique stores around the Omaha area for vinyl as well. They usually have the cheapest vinyls.
However, whatever price vinyl is, it is worth it.
You can’t beat the power of vinyl, not even with an aux cord.
Electronic mediums easy for most eclectic of music tastes
Opinion 2 by Lily Watkins
Listening to music electronically is the best because you can take it with you anywhere. There never has to be a time when you’re craving tunes but don’t have anything to bop to again.
Just pull out your device, open up your music account or music library and let yourself get washed away in the beat.
Electronic music is easily the most versatile; there’s practically no place you can’t play it.
You don’t have to deal with lugging a boombox or Walkman around. Even if you don’t have Wi-Fi, you can still play whatever songs you have downloaded. Not to mention, if you make playlists through apps like Spotify or 8tracks, anyone in the world can access them.
You don’t have to burn a CD anymore when you want to share a mixtape with a friend.
If you listen to your music through downloads or through sites, you can listen to the same music through different devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) as long as the account is connected. You can pause in the middle of your Spotify playlist after your workout and then pick up right where you left off later on another device.
The exploration possibilities for electronic music are much wider than that of physical music as well. It is much easier to listen to and look for new music through, for example, Spotify, than a record store. Spotify (and other music-sharing apps) often provide a recommended playlist of songs periodically based upon your song history.
It is also possible to listen to similar music when listening to a particular song. For example, if you listen to a lot of alternative music, you will be recommended more music of the same genre from artists with similar styles.
Whether it’s playing from a boombox or a Bluetooth speaker, music’s value doesn’t change. It may not have the same reverb as a record player, but bumping music from your phone is one of the best options out there. You can access practically any song ever recorded through your phone and play it whenever you want.
You can listen to it through your headphones or play it aloud for everyone to hear.
CDs equal go-to jamming style
Opinion 3 by Hailie Rydel
Any free moment in my life is occupied with music. Whether it be opera, metal or rap, music is constantly playing.
My mother first purchased me a cheap toy radio at the age of 5. I was gifted the artful masterpiece “Hot Fuss” by the Killers. Not to exaggerate or anything, but that CD changed my 5 year-old life. In this day and age, music is easily accessible.
We have a multitude of mediums to bless our ear holes, but to this day, CDs are still my go-to way of jamming.
When any decent artist creates a record, it tells a story. CDs force you to listen to a record in its entirety. You can’t very well read and appreciate a story in all its glory when you skip pages. It irks me to no end when people pick and choose tracks off a record, or worse yet, just singles to listen to.
Congratulations, you just read chapter 1 and 17, I hope you’re happy with yourself.
Listening to an album is an event, and we need to treat it as such. An artist just gave you a piece of him or herself and you’re going to spit on them by only listening to their single? Shame on you. Sit down in your car, in your bed, wherever, with no distractions and let your ear holes be blessed.
Driving by yourself with the radio blaring is the cheapest form of therapy (trust me…). Nothing beats the feeling of popping in a disc, rolling the windows down and driving until everything seems alright. Nothing beats it. C’mon people. CDs all the way my friends.