Nostalgia reigns alongside vinyl on Record Store Day

I’m on the front line in my Taylor Swift cardigan at 4 a.m. outside Jet Age Records in Newport. An hour later, other Swifties join me to line up on record store day. We pull out camping chairs and blankets and wait for a chance to buy a limited version of Swift’s double-sided 7-inch vinyl of “The Lakes,” my favorite song from her 2020 album. folklore. Only 10,000 copies were made, and Jet Age Records landed 10 copies – more than many other stores in the area.

In the age of immediacy – online concert queues, drones delivering groceries, and meals at your fingertips – queuing for hours to get a coveted item seems like a thing of the past. But people do it every year trying to get limited edition vinyl.

Jennifer Enscoe said it reminded her of queuing for concert tickets in college. She remembers waiting hours for tickets to a Prince concert and spending part of spring break in college waiting in line to see Train.

“I think there’s an appreciation that happens…from the experience and giving up hours of your time or getting up at 4 a.m. to stand in line for something,” he said. she declared. “The work you do – and like everything – when you work for something, it’s a bit more special. The experience adds something to the event.”

It’s an experience she passes on to her 17-year-old daughter Braylan Enscoe and the reason they’re queuing up for a Taylor Swift record.

“There’s a feeling you get when you first get something and you hold it and have it in your hands and it’s that instant relief that’s like, ‘Oh, I get it. — well,'” she said. ” And it’s not [the same as] expecting it in the mail or getting it online, which isn’t that special, of course.”

Jennifer and Braylan Enscoe waited in line for three hours to get a copy of Taylor Swift’s limited-release vinyl “The Lakes” on Record Store Day.

Over the next few hours, we’re joined by other Swifties and others looking for different exclusive records from artists like The Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell and The Ramones.

Just before 7 a.m., co-owner Mike Schraer steps out to get a feel for the crowds, congratulating the Swifties who lined up and chatting with some of the store’s regulars.

This includes Tony Phillips, who was in line a little after 6 a.m. At 55, he still remembers some of the first vinyl records he listened to growing up.

“That’s where my love for the Beatles started. I remember having the single for ‘Yesterday.’ I also remember a lot of Four Seasons. My siblings love The Four Seasons,” he recalled.

He returned to vinyl years ago after going through cassettes and CDs.

“I rediscovered the joy of listening to music and all the joy of finding the album, buying the album – the feel, the smell of the album, the sound of the album. And so , now I’m almost exclusively vinyl again,” he said.

Listen to Kevin Schraer, co-owner of Jet Age Records, for more on nostalgia.

Shortly after Schraer checks out the crowd, he opens the door. I accidentally rush right after Taylor Swift exits and have to backtrack when the Enscoes find her first. They hand me a copy and consult other documents for their collection.

More and more people filed by, and the distinct flap of plastic-covered albums filled the shop.

On Sunday, the limited version of Taylor Swift was being resold online for $150 to $1,000. But me and the first dozen people lining up on Saturday rushed home to hear our new vinyl playing along with the occasional pop.

For those who like to dive into the world of nostalgia, there’s another chance to line up for things you wish you had soon: Free Comic Book Day is May 7th.

Jack L. Goldstein