"I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends."- Penny Lane
One of my friends posted that quote the other night, and tonight I found myself in a record store. I felt it all around me, it was like a hug from my high school self. I entered and to my left was a wall of decals with the likes of Save Ferris and the Aquabats catching my eye immediately. I had these decals on my car 15 some odd years ago.
All around me were names and words that stirred happy memories. Memories of driving to the record store the day the album came out and scratching the plastic wrapper off with my keys on my way to the car. Memories of certain lineups and venues...some of these involving bands and places that no longer exist. It was bittersweet really, the nostalgia made me happy for the memories and sad for the things I've lost over time.
I hope that we never truly lose the nitty gritty little record stores, that they will continue to endure as the years go by...every now and then I need to visit my friends there.