Having grown up in a home with thousands of records and books, and with free, unstructured access to
all of it, I can say that the exposure absolutely formed the person I am. Much more so than formal
education or any other "structured" learning.
Somewhat ties into my point about the vinyl niche -- artifacts are important to the whole artistic
experience. Recorded music doesn't exist in a vacuum, but downloads with sparse and inaccurate
metadata, and players that make it difficult or impossible to retrieve any information about the
artist, song, lyrics or wider context, put the music in a one-song-per-listen vacuum, which
deminishes it and, apparently, reduces it to background noise as far as how much it matters in the
lives of many young people. My bet is that, for those fewer young people who locked into it as more
than background noise, the vinyl niche is their connection to the bigger context.
-- Tom Fine