Pictures of scratched vinyl

Photo by Seth Doyle

Sleep deprivation is a wonderful thing. As is listening to music, especially messed up old vinyl. Put the two together at three in the morning and you get some interesting thoughts about writing. I love the aesthetics of old vinyl, or at least have a romanticised fondness for it, even though I went digital and all of my music currently resides in iTunes. Vinyl sounds great, even when it’s scratched — so long as you can get it to play. Figure out how to play scratched vinyl, and not only will your ears love you, but you have a useful working metaphor for how to find your own groove when writing. There are three things you need to keep in mind when trying to get your own thoughts to play — the needle, the groove, and the click.

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