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Hi. I am brand spankin new to the Strut forum. Been into this record thing along with everything you can think of that comes with it for about 20 years now. Known about this site and have visited it from time to time but for whatever reason never became a member or commented on a post till recently. And I gotta say, I feel at home.
My activity here may have something to do with the fact that I recently decided to take a hiatus from all social media. No FB, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Stress in my life was at an all time high with multiple jobs, creative endeavors, personal issues etc and cutting that shit out of my life seemed like it might help me focus and regain some sanity. It's been two weeks now and I feel more human and in control than I have in a long time. There is something incrediblely empowering about choosing to disconnect from everyone else's bullshit and refocusing on what maters most to you. In my case I guess that's digging for records cause I ended up here. It's also probably a result of a deep seeded habit of grabbing the iPhone and scrolling, connecting to others quickly through a device.
So, despite that some might feel this is "lesser than" what it maybe used to be, I'm glad it's here and I look forward to participating more, digging through old posts for answers to questions someone else thought of before me, and helping to keep it alive.
When the 1st job you get after graduating from college is at a thrift store and your only reason for working there is to put yourself into a position where records are brought to you (and you have first crack at em), then 10 years later you're still working there and you realize that it's become your "career".
Also, the most exciting part of your day is reading every word of a 7 page long, 10 year old thread about other people's record problems and sharing your own sad story that probably no one will read.
I know this has been covered here multiple times in the past, but it's an ongoing struggle for me and I'm sure there are others who can relate. I'm hoping there's someone here who has experienced the psychological shift needed to adjust their digging and hoarding habits into a healthier practice and maybe impart some wisdom on us.
I keep digging and amassing more records. My interest in exploring different sub-genres, discovering new labels, obscure artists, who played on what record when and why, where the next oddball sample I can flip that nobody cares about or will notice will come from, where the next garage sale score will be, what library records might be lurking in a storage unit somewhere within driving distance from me at any given moment is at a constant PEAK. I just never get tired of this shit. I love learning more and more and finding and collecting more and more records and there seems to be no end in sight. I've actually picked up a part time job once a week working at a record store and am getting paid mostly in records (GOOD ones - It's sort of amazing). It's clear that this will remain a life-long obsession.
There is a lot of reasoning behind my digging habits; I'm a DJ and spin almost exclusively vinyl, I'm a producer/beatmaker and primarily source sounds by sampling records, I love learning about and discovering new music, and I really just love being physically surrounded by a large collection of music. Does any of this justify the obsessive gripping? Yes and no.
My wife is incredibly patient with me in regards to the collection despite the fact that I surpassed maximum capacity a couple years ago. We have a 2 bedroom apt and the larger of the 2 bedrooms is dedicated to records and studio equipment. It's getting hard to walk in there. Shelves are full, there are stacks of crates where there shouldn't be and none of the lower shelves are accessible because of the huge stacks of LPs in front of them. I'm not sure the number. I think I'm maybe between 2 or 3000 now. It really doesn't matter though because it's just too much for the space.
Somethings gotta give. I either need to fork out for a storage space (which I can't really afford right now) or start getting rid of some of this stockpile. What I'm realizing needs to really change is my attitude about the records and the collection. The gripper mentality is such a powerful persuasion it is hard to resist. I really need to accept that I don't need to hold onto everything forever and develop a practice of "acquire, utilize, and release." This might sound easy and simple, but it's not.
HOW DO I STOP GRIPPING ALL THESE RECORDS??
Great interviews with Leroy Hutson, giving a comprehensive overview of his entire career with music strategically placed throughout. Such a beautifully produced program. I figure if anyone would appreciate this as much as me, they'd be lurking here in the Strut.
One of the highlights for me is Leroy talking about his time in college where he met Donny Hathaway, became close friends and roommates with him and then cowrote "The Ghetto" in their apartment one magical afternoon. Hathaway, being Curtis Mayfield's musical director at the time was also responsible for helping Hutson become selected to replace Mayfield as lead of The Impressions.
I'd never heard of JM Soul before this but just happened upon it while browsing Mixcloud during one of my heavy Leroy binge periods. Highly recommended for fans of the man or anyone wanting to dig a little bit deeper into his story and music.
"Your vinyl obsession (if I can call it that) is literally taking over your life. "
Man this thread turned depressing quickly. I would not say I'm quite on that level, but I think there's some valid advice to be had here. Appreciate it. I'm definitely concerned and looking to adjust things a bit. As for seeking out council from professionals... I did post this on the Strut, no?