July 3, 2014 by 45spin
Yesterday was an historic day at Mill City Music as we actually brought records into the store. Now that does not mean that we are selling them yet as the store will not be open for another two months but it does mean that “THIS IS NOW A REAL RECORD STORE” as it has now has vinyl records inside.
In all we moved 424 boxes to Mill City Sound’s newly finished basement from the basement of my home. About 180,000 45’s, 22,700 albums and 10,500 CD’s. that have I have been accumulating for the store over the last few years from flea markets, record collectors, estate sales, auctions, record shows, thrift stores and just about anywhere that has a handwritten “For Sale” sign tacked up somewhere. As those of you that have followed my blog you know that I have a certain fondness that borders on obsession when it comes to those beautiful 7″ records and seeing all 180,000+ of those 45’s stacked up together confirms that I have truly went over the edge.
As we were moving them around on the shelves we set up in the basement of the store and getting them organized, I couldn’t help but think about all of the places I’ve been and all the kind people I have met during my search for this black gold. Interesting thing to me was when I told most people that I was starting a record store, most of them smiled and then proceeded to tell me about a personal connection that they had with the records that I was buying. These just weren’t any old items that they were selling like a blender or Tupperware bowl but real moments in their lives that were forever captured by the sight and sound of a vinyl record, hard to imagine a digital file ever having quite the same effect on anyone’s life years from now. Music is personal and as such exposes our soul for the world to see. Like love, everyone has a beginning and end and some very special moments in-between.
So in a perfect world I would of had a record player and played a song to christen this historic moment in time. Do I play the Beatles “Rock & Roll Music’ in a nod to both Chuck Berry and the Fab Four, or do I go for tough and do the Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Woman”, you know this Stones – Beatles debate is still going on. Or Maybe it’s Hank Williams “Moanin’ The Blues” as Hank truly was and continues to be the guiding light in the Americana/Outlaw Country revival we are experiencing today. And then again there is James Brown the godfather of soul, his song “I Got You (I Feel Good) is impossible not to groove to. And then there is Jack White’s new album “Lazaretto” which shows why last years ambassador for Record Store Day was the perfect choice. Who in the hell thought that bonus tracks on vinyl was even possible.
But no, the only choice can be Bob Dyan’s “Positively 4th Street” As Bob Dylan is a local artist and the song’s title was actually was used to name a local record store in Minneapolis that I spent a fair amount of time at in my misspent youth. Interesting note is that a lot of Dylan fans thought the song is about the 4th Street in NYC’s Greenwich Village, but Dylan also lived above a drugstore on 4th street in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis where he was still known as Robert Zimmerman. Not sure which one is true but I gotta stick with the local angle.
I gotta get a turntable down here quick, I gotta 180,00 singles to play.