Belinda Esquer,
The TVD First Date

“Vinyl Vinyl Vinyl. The allure of vinyl for me and the reason why my collection of vintage vinyl is growing is trichotomous.”

“The first alluring element is the distinctive warmth and depth in the sound. It’s welcoming and special in today’s world of digital music, which in my opinion has a bit of shallowness when compared with analog. The second alluring aspect of vinyl for me comes from the albums in my collection. The one that started it all is Dionne Warwick’s collaboration with Barry Manilow which includes “Who, What, Where, When, Why” and “Deja Vu.”

This $0.50 find at Zia Records in Tucson, was a starting point for me. I must have looked through hundreds of bins looking for something to relate to and here stood out a cherished childhood memory of my mother playing Dionne on family trips to Mexico. I rushed to the counter and eagerly paid the unbelievable price of $0.50. I took the album home and played it a few times all the while singing every lyric.

Since then my collection has expanded to other nifty finds like Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream and other Delights, ELO’s Xanadu soundtrack and more. When I put these records on I forget where my phone is, I dance and feel like I’m in another era, which is a powerful feeling that I can only attribute to vinyl.

The mind boggles that there could be more to love about vinyl but there is. The other alluring element of vinyl for me is the ritual. It starts with the trip to my local record stores and the hours of searching in bins; the leg cramps from squatting to reach the bins underneath, which usually hold the best vintage records.

This is followed by the drive home with excitement and anticipation after finding some “good ones.” I get home, admire the album artwork, remove the record from its sleeve, set it and carefully place the needle down and wait—ready to be transported to another era once again.”
Belinda Esquer

Belinda Esquer’s second solo album, The Truth arrives in stores on October 28, 2016.

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