When I think about Record Store day, it reminds me of Morgan Freeman's interview on 60 Minutes about Black History Month. “You are going to relegate my history to a month?” That's exactly how I feel. You are going to relegate buying records to one day? Fuck Record Store Day. A day where people can make believe they care about buying music, and then the next day will be all about downloading the latest leak.
People lost the connection to buying an actual record. Supporting bands, record labels and record shops aside, the most important thing is the connection of a human being with an actual record. I used to skip school when records came out, and then I would literally carry the actual record with me every single day. Now people download leaks, mix it with 10,000 songs on their iPod, listen to the singles and move on. Actual records played a huge role in growing up and developing myself as a full time musician. Now you will see up and coming bands just starting out caring about everything but the music they write, because it isn't important to them.
Go out on “Record Store Day” and buy some records of bands you love, and then do it again the next day, or week, or month…just make sure you do it for the sake of yourself.
Tom Williams plays guitar in Stray From The Path. Leave us a comment and let us know if you agree or disagree with him.