Eddie Gomez,
The TVD First Date

“When my dad gave me my first vinyl, it was a group I had never heard of. The first memory I have of the record is the smell, the way that it felt in my hands, and the weight. I just remember thinking, “I wonder how big the CD player is for this thing?” I honestly thought I was holding an adult Frisbee.”

“My dad takes the vinyl, takes it out of the sleeve, cleans it, and places it on a record player. It almost looked to be some kind of ritual, but I didn’t understand it at the time. Fast-forward years later when I’m coming across my first album (that I bought at a garage sale), Fugees’ The Score, I did the exact same thing—I took it out of the sleeve, I cleaned it, placed it on my dad’s old record player, and played it. I didn’t only fall in love with the music, I fell in love with the ritual.

A vinyl record feels so much more personal than anything else out there. It feels like your favorite book you can read over and over again, and as soon as someone notices the cover, it’s almost an instant conversation starter on an instant common ground.

One of my favorite albums growing up, The Miseducation of Lauren Hill—that album has become timeless to me and is where I found a lot of my inspiration.”
Eddie Gomez

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