Yesterday, I posted a video of me with a copy of the Beatles' 1966 record Yesterday and Today with the butcher cover. Lori knows how much I love my record collection and that I would really appreciate it if she brought it in.

I add to my pile of albums about once a month. Occasionally I will pick up new music on vinyl, but most often I use that invisible list I keep in my head. In recent months, I have picked up records by Rory Gallagher, MC5, Doc Watson and even the soundtrack for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Sweet! The sounds that pour out of the grooves drip with soul.

Sales of vinyl LPs were up 40.4 percent over last year, according to "Nielsen Entertainment and Billboard's 2014 Mid-Year Music Industry Report." Many artists are pressing their new work in vinyl. It's regaining popularity. Is it because it's 'retro?' Are young people are discovering the superior sound? I don't know, but I've never stopped buying records.

I love living in a city that sports a number of record shops. I also love shopping at local businesses. The good news? Every record outlet in Rockford is locally owned and they are banding together for the first-ever Rockford Record Crawl 2014. I am there.

Rockford Record Crawl- Saturday, October 25

  • CD Source, 221 E. State St.
  • Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway
  • Culture Shock, 2239 Charles St.
  • Kate's Pie Shop and Record Store, inside the Rockford Public Library East Branch at 6685 E. State St.

There will be live music, giveaways, refreshments, and lots and lots of new and used records, books, DVDs, clothing, posters, eclectic boutique gifts and more.

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