I miss record stores. If you’ve ever been to a really great used record store like Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, then you know what I mean. Walking around, wondering what the next stack will reveal. Hoping you find that gem you haven’t seen in decades. The hope of finding something collectible. Today, that experience is nearly gone. Just download the song from iTunes and you’re done. No discovery, no revelation, no aha! moment. They’ve actually tried to mimic the experience with websites like
Stumble Upon, but it’s not the same. One thing online “search” has done is make life so easy and convenient. It’s eliminated the randomness. We don’t waste time anymore searching through the library cards, finding records, or discovering long forgotten books.
But there’s something I miss about that random “waste” of time, and the discoveries it reveals.