Fight Back, Buy Vinyl

 

Photo Credit: Yellowhammer Creative

Spotted this shirt at our recent Firehouse show, haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

I’ve been using subscription music services ever since Real Rhapsody (RIP) in 2007, then Zune, Spotify, and eventually Apple Music. The convenience is infinite and undeniable.

However, it’s a slippery slope. Disputes between lawyers and labels mean that the music you love can disappear from the service at any time.This hit home last year when I tried to listen to Philip Glass’s “Koyaanisqatsi”, an album I’ve loved ever since I was a child, and it had entirely vanished from the collection. Knowing that entire musical/artistic histories could be erased on a whim, I teared up. This is when I knew it was time to fight.

Streaming services are great to nibble here and there, but you’re getting a visitor’s peak, rather than owning a collection. No art to hold or show off to your friends, just sounds, stripped of context, that can vanish as fast as they appear.

Will your all-time favorite album be available on your streaming service in three years? Will artists that you love tell you it’s time to switch to Tidal? Will your library be compatible with the phone you want? Will I ever remember the name of that one trip-hop song I love but forgot to get when I was switching from Napster?

I dunno. Fight back, buy vinyl!


-Chris Hemphill, Synths