Wednesday, May 20, 2015


“What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.”
 -Nina Simone

In every place on Earth, no matter how seemingly desolate or uncool, I believe there is at least one hidden gem that glitters amongst the grey. I live on the coast, so there's a lot of islander, art culture which is great, but sometimes the Dave Matthews Band, barefoot type of white dad music that is often hailed around here gets a little a lot cringy. Only just recently did I discover this tiny tucked away record store, and I almost caused an accident slowing down to squint at it.


I went down one day after school last week and was talking with the owner about the value and recent attraction towards physical music like vinyls and cassettes. ALTHOUGH I highly recognize and appreciate the convience of digital music, he said some things that really resonated with me. Plus, the image of seeing your favorite records spin, and then possibly one day showing your children the music you used to listen to in adolescence is so special to me and worth ensuring.

"Music first started out as a tangible item. Now, it can just be plucked out of the air. The listening experience is enhanced through art, something to hold, something more than just the song."

THE most comfiest stoner couch you could ever sit on. There's also a back room that has bead curtains leading to it, so I think I might've gotten a second hand high just from the #aesthetics alone

"There's a warmth to a vinyl recording as opposed to a digital recording. Some see [vinyl] as a soul as opposed to another file on a computer."

All that talk about ~soul~ got me thinking about artists like Nina Simone who not only embodied soul but in many ways defined it. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" introduced me to Nina and I've increasingly become curious about her enveloping, warmth truth about social issues, love, mental health, and the black experience.

Ya girl Nina was already doing these lethal poses long before we caught on

I almost died from watching the season finale of Scandal last thursday, but I was brought back to life with Nina's croon playing at the episode's end <33

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