Get paid. Go to the record store. Buy two or three records.
That’s how it went, every two weeks from the mid-’70s until sometime in the early to mid-’90s. Now, all these years later, I’m slowly getting back into that groove.
I got paid on Friday, and I’d meant to go to the record store today, but that didn’t happen.
Some of the money set aside for that went for new dress shoes for The Sophomore, whose homecoming dance is tonight. Some of the money set aside for records went to pay for The Sophomore’s dinner date.
And so it goes.
Last month, I stopped at a record store I’ve been digging since the ’70s, the one that benefited from those earliest visits after payday.
Going through the bins at Inner Sleeve Records in Wausau, Wisconsin, I came across the new record by Tom Jones, albeit on CD. Wanting to buy something at the Sleeve — didn’t find anything in the vinyl section — I picked it up.
Two weeks ago, I stopped in at our record store in Green Bay — the Exclusive Company — and was delighted to find its used vinyl section greatly expanded. It already had an extensive new vinyl section. In the latter, I found the new record by Mavis Staples.
And then I found that Tom Jones record on vinyl. It has been bugging me ever since. Given a choice, I want vinyl rather than CD.
Next time I stop in at the Exclusive Company, I’m getting that Tom Jones on vinyl. Here’s why.
Tom Jones, doing “Burning Hell,” a John Lee Hooker cover, on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Sept. 22, 2010.
It’s a cut from “Praise & Blame,” which came out a couple of months ago. It’s full of gospel-inspired tunes that go back and forth from reverent to rocking.
But that vinyl will have to wait until next payday, two weeks from now.
Unless, of course, The Sophomore needs something more urgently.