Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Weekend Of Music And Why It's Important

WFMU Record & CD Fair 2009 (New York City)

This weekend I attended the annual WFMU Record & CD Fair. WFMU is a local radio station in NYC that plays an eclectic blend of music that will make you remember why you listen to music in the first place.

The fair is the largest record & CD convention in the northeast (possibly the country but not sure on that one). It is held in a pavilion about the size of a high school gymnasium. There are hundreds of independent record dealers with booths selling music and memorabilia. A large chunk of the music is on vinyl. Nowadays its easier to transfer vinyl to digital as we discussed in a previous post. This has made this year's fair more enticing for any visitor, including Yours Truly. I did refrain from going overboard but managed to pick up a few things that I will write about later in the week.

For those who have never been to a record fair, it's a great event to experience at least once. If you love music, its cool to be around other people who have the same passion as you. There are discussions about the rare 45, album or CD you may have purchased in addition to meeting up with friends you haven't seen in a long time. It's the kind of gathering you may have had when you visited your local independent record store (really not that long ago). An experience you really can't have anymore thanks to the demise of the record store.

The WFMU Record & CD Fair lasted the entire weekend and was worth every penny. If you enjoy music and can't find a convention like this in your city, try to find a local record store in town and spent just a few minutes hanging out, I hope you can have a similar experience.

If you didn't check out our entry on where to buy and where to see, have a read now. This is why music should be a part of everyone's life. Happy Listening.

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