Music: What's old is new again

By Christy Millweard - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - You might be one of the numerous people that quickly download music online. It's quick and easy, click and buy. But a couple music gurus say not everyone likes that technology.

"Surprisingly we sell a lot of vinyl," said Deb Maevers of Pastimes Antiques.

And Maevers isn't the only one selling older forms of music.

Paul MacDougall, at P-Mac Music says no one believed his store would even last, but he knew better.

"We weren't supposed to be here for 6 months and look who's here," said MacDougall.

Although many people can easily download music online, MacDougall says he knows they will still come back to the past.

"I see customers that are coming back that did the downloading thing and are bored," said MacDougall.

"We're not able to keep a record player in the store for very long at all, I wish we had more," said Maevers.

MacDougall says although downloading music is easy, people enjoy the physical record or CD.

He says it can be more social than getting music online.

"You know, you have people over to the house, it's something to do. As opposed to 'look at my music collection,' and showing them 50,000 things on an iPod," said MacDougall.

"Records are fun, I think they're better than just sitting down on a computer, you actually have it in front of you, it's more of an experience," said vinyl customer Nathan Comer.

An experience. That's one of the reasons these music gurus say people still buy older forms of music.

"CDs and records sound better, period. And a lot of people are re-realizing that," said MacDougall.

"Sound, sound, sound, I really believe you can't beat the sound of playing a record on a record player," said Maevers.

"The sound is different, it's got an older sound, a lot of people say it sounds warmer," said Comer.

Maevers says even though the way to play the music is older, the people buying it, are younger.

"Especially with a younger generation, they did not grow up having the vinyl, and I think it's kind of...it's new to them," said Maevers.

"We've skipped a generation or two that had any idea of what it meant to put a needle down on a spinning disc," said MacDougall.

But Comer says he thinks it will be something future generations won't miss out on.

"Vinyl, with the popularity now, it's going to be a form of music that's around for along time," said Comer.

MacDougall says the top selling CDs and albums over the years have been anything from the Beatles, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon,' and Led Zeplin IV. He says music from the 70s is most popular among his customers.

No word yet if 8 track tapes will make a come back too.

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