Ever since I was a teenager in my first part time job, whenever pay day came around, my friends and I couldn’t wait to get to our favourite shoe shops and this little music store, home to rack upon rack of niche artists alongside the cooler side of the well known artists we all loved.
The appeal of the multiple stores were nothing in comparison to this, with its eclectic in-store soundtrack and blend of people flicking through the racks. I remember discovering a few artists I’d never heard before, such as St. Germain, Nouvelle Vague and legends like Billie Holiday, which became staple pieces in my ever growing collection.
The beauty of this store was the layout, like they took an intuitive approach to how people browsed in the hope of finding their next can’t-bare-to-be-without album. The in-store soundtrack was always on display so you could pick up, take home and fall in love with a new sound. The music alongside the most beautiful books to inspire your inner creative meant every time I left, I couldn’t wait to get home and absorb myself in these new discoveries.
I’ve always been drawn to many different types of artist from chilled out electro sounds, a bit of jazz through to garage and a touch of the classics. Now with my much loved iTunes account I can get lost in the search right from my office.
My iTunes library is a beautiful mess of someone whose music definitely sits alongside how she feels that day.
I just wish that old record store was still around . . . I miss the clicking sound of CD cases, getting lost in their atmosphere and the feeling of stretching out on my bedroom floor with the new shoes, music and books getting ready for a big night out.
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