02:07 PM on 03/12/13
Buying the physical format not only supports the artist, but it adds a whole other form of art into the equation. One of my favorite parts about getting a new record is opening it up and admiring the visual artwork. Often you can make connections with the visual artwork and the lyrical content of an album, which is awesome. The visual artwork can open up your mind on so many possible ideas and concepts the musician was trying to portray in his or her music.
The art is my absolute favorite part, but I also love that when listening to records, you're actually listening. Often I will put music on on my laptop and then go do something else, it can become background noise. But when I listen to a record I am completely focused on the music. I listen and wait to flip it over. I get some of my best thinking done listening to vinyl because of this.