The Benefits of Vinyl in the Age of Social Distancing

What a time we’re living in.

First of all, we hope everyone is safe, healthy, and doing okay in this crazy time. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has flipped so many lives upside down, and it’s certainly a stressful moment in history. Also, if you’re a healthcare provider, grocery store worker, pharmacist, or work with any of the other essential services that are doing so much to help during this difficult time, THANK YOU.

We obviously love vinyl. And we love the community of collectors, crate-diggers, and more who have connected with us about this awesome format. One of the side effects of this pandemic is that most of us are quarantined within our homes and practicing ‘social distancing,’ so we thought we’d share some of our thoughts on why vinyl is a great thing to have and to experience during a time like this.

3. It builds connections and community.

As we mentioned before, one of the things we love about vinyl is that the community of collectors is so passionate about the format. On our Magnolia Record Club Community Group, we’re constantly seeing people share album and gear recommendations, new things they’re listening to, and much more. It’s awesome to see so many people connecting online about their love for this format, and now it’s more important than ever to keep connecting with people! Take a peek at our community group, and follow our hashtag #magnoliarecordclub on social media – you’ll definitely find something new to love and you might even make a friend!

1. Listening to vinyl is immersive and interactive.

One of our favorite things about vinyl is that there’s an element of interactivity to listening. You’re not just pressing ‘play’ and sitting back. You’re taking it out of the sleeve, putting it on the turntable, flipping it to side B, and more. It’s also more of what many artists intend with their records: listening to it front to back, without distraction, and to make the listener a part of the experience. To us, that element helps us immerse more into the music and listen more actively, and it’s up to us to keep it going when the music stops. Since a lot of folks during social distancing have a lot more idle time on their hands, we think listening to vinyl is a great way to occupy some of that time, and you might even get more out of your listening time.

2. With more time comes more discovery.

An inevitable side effect of being stuck at home is tidying and organizing one’s space, just to serve as something to do. Also, as we’ve seen from Marie Kondo and other sources, tidying can actually bring a lot of joy! Another fun way to incorporate vinyl more into your life while social distancing is to reorganize your collection! Take a dive through your records and rearrange them to your heart’s desire: alphabetically, by genre, by artist, and more. You could even go as far as to emulate Rob Gordon in High Fidelity and arrange them autobiographically, creating your own unique system that only you know about! Who knows, maybe when you’ve got records all over your space, you might find a new discovery within your own collection!

Tell us what you’re loving about your vinyl during social distancing!

We’d love to hear from you.

Tag us in your posts on social media with #magnoliarecordclub and show us your spins, send us your recommendations, and let us know how you’re getting on during this wild time.

And don’t forget to wash your hands 🙂
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