National Record Store Day

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Media, Day Care & Education, Gadgets, That's Entertainment

Do your kids know what a record store is? Do they even know what a record is? My kids know about CD's and DVD's, but I suspect that if I pulled out some of my old vinyl albums, they'd probably guess "Frisbee" or "dinner plate" before "musical recording". Even my kids are, perhaps, unusual because I buy all my music on CD's still, rather than downloading from iTunes or other online vendors.

Well, tomorrow is your chance to expose your kids to not just new music but the whole atmosphere of a place staffed and frequented by music lovers -- the record store. April 19th is Record Store Day, when "all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally."

It's important to me that I share as much and as eclectic a selection of music as possible with my kids; it's hard to do that with the limited choices available at big name, chain stores. Local, independent stores offer much more than just songs -- they carry local and up-and-coming artists. They have staff who know music and can make recommendations that you wouldn't get from the big box stores.

Perhaps, most of all, record stores offer an experience you just can't get anywhere else. The atmosphere of a store dedicated, perhaps even obsessively, to music is infectious. The staff plays what they like, not what the corporate office is pushing this week. They can not only tell you about their favorite discoveries, but sell you on them as well. All the chains can do is sell you the CD. The record store is a place to learn as well as listen and this Saturday is a great opportunity to head out with the kids and see if you can find something new to listen to.

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