Saturday, April 17, 2010

The case for indie record stores

"Yes, yes, I know it's easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what's playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it? Nothing. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flat shares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who's going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can't save your life. But they can give you a better one."

-- Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity

There's such a record store at the basement of Makati Cinema Square with a small treasure trove of Broadway soundtracks on vinyl. I go there to run my hands all over the previously-owned albums, read and re-read the liner notes, feel their history, wish they were less expensive than their current prices so I could purchase one or two and begin a new collection. Then I remember I need to buy a turntable first, and a decent sound system, before I could enjoy the warm, idiosyncratic sound of vinyl. Sigh.

True story, all the way from Sorsogon, circa my high school years. Hick enters a record store, then stocked only with cassette tapes and vinyl albums. “Igwa kamo sin 'Yamaha Yamaso?'” (Do you have 'Yamaha Yamaso'?), he inquires. Staff scratches his head at the Japanese title. “Nano an tono?'” (How does the song go?), he asks the customer. Man eases himself from the counter and begins singing and dancing the song--Modern Talking's You're My Heart, You're My Soul.

1 comment:

kit said...

hahaha. that reminds me of mr. a -- remember him? on one occasion, in the seminary auditorium, he was asked to sing a song. "nano an kantahon mo?" asked the guitarist. "oang," he replied. "huh! nano an tono sana?" and mr. a belted out: "o ang babae, pag minamahal, may kursunada, aayaw-ayaw!"

igwa pa pong saro. he was asked to render another song. "summer," he said of the title of the song. ayos, english an title! and he began: "sa mercury drug, ang gamot laging bago!"

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