Revisiting Waylon on the Benjamin Miracord.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Vinyl records have always been a part of my life, but never more so than in those eternal college years. A living room scatted with unsleeved records, liner notes and half empty bottles of Shiner Bock was not an uncommon sight come Sunday morning. The music was the fuel. The Miracord turntable with it’s heavy wooden base said something about style.
This past weekend I had a great opportunity to visit the owner of that very turntable, a stand up individual and very close friend of mine, Dave Pike. Leafing through some of the very same records we played in our twenties, cold beers turned to empty bottles and the piles of music began to stack up as the night turned the corner into morning.
The warm sound of Willie Nelson and his Outlaws, crisp guitar cuts from Joan Jett, or the depth of each and every track from Pink Floyd’s Animals….Vinyl is simply better.
So where am I going with this post, and what does it have to do with photography? Nothing, and everything at once I suppose. We as artists, photographers and observers can not underestimate the value and influence of great music. We can also recognize the recipe for a quality time, memories made, and the value of revisiting them throughout our lifetime.
The picture above took a few minutes, but for me it captured more than a decade of memories.
Thanks DP. Waylon would have done it that way.
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