Missing Record Stores
If you didn't live in a time when there were record stores, you missed out on something very special. When I was in college, the whole area around our school was artsy and fun, and we had one of the very best record stores in the state. Their imports were just fabulous, they played the best music while you were in the store browsing through record albums and people there were so fascinating to talk to. Everyone knew someone in the music industry and you could always come away with some little story or secret about one of your favorite musicians that you would never read about in the press.
I loved finding special records that no one else ever knew about. Somehow, they could find little gems and they would keep them hidden behind the counter. But, once you got talking and if you knew the right questions to ask, these amazing pieces of music would be shown to you, and you could bring them home with you for not too much money.
Shopping for music online is just not the same at all. It's flat and uninteresting. Music stores were the best places for conversation, knowledge and hidden gems.