Lindsey Luff,
The TVD First Date

“Music has and always will be an escape for me. Even when I’m singing or writing about the hard things, it still allows me to let go.”

“Growing up I would listen to whatever my mom had on the turntable. Music was the one ‘normal’ thing in our home and both she and I clung to the joy that listening brought us (even though I was too young to know it). Singing to each other Four Jacks and A Jill’s “I Looked Back,” dancing around the kitchen listening to Sgt. Pepper’s, or playing the most rad game of peek a boo to Tommy James and the Shondells “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

Those were the brief moments of escape from an otherwise chaotic life. I used to play, ad nauseam, my 45 of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song (with great pride I might add) on my vintage orange and white Fisher Price record player that my mom got me at a yard sale. Also in my collection, at the ripe ole age of 3 or 4, was a 45 of Peter Paul and Mary’s “Puff the Magic Dragon” and Burl Ives’ “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

As I got older and the market moved away from vinyl, I followed suit (not that I had much of a choice) on to cassettes and CDs. The first CD I purchased was NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached.” Yes, I had a poster of the band on the ceiling above my bed because that was a thing, but also because I shared a room with my mom and my two brothers and that was my space. When I was younger I never really cared what medium I used to listen to music. As long as I could access it, all was right with the world.

I didn’t get back into vinyl until my husband purchased a turntable as a gift for my 23rd birthday. Unfortunately, my collection from when I was a kid wasn’t around anymore so I had to start from scratch. The ‘first’ record I owned was Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars. We were relatively new to the city and I found listening to vinyl was the exhale I craved at the end of the day.

Needless to say, I was hooked. When the needle hits the record with that little scratch, I’m all in. I just feel like I’ve been given access to something sacred. Some of my favorites include The Beatles, Bleachers, Brandi Carlile, Drew Holcomb, Joseph, Lucius, and Fleetwood Mac.

I will never forget when I heard my own album on vinyl for the first time. I had just received the test pressings for approval. It was incredibly surreal. I think, for the first time since I had finished the record, I connected with it again. I was dancing around my apartment and feeling every moment like I had never felt it before. It was magical.”
Lindsey Luff

Lindsey Luff’s self titled debut release is in stores now.

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