There was a time, and what a time it was, when The Record Store was the meeting place, central location for everything in my world from 1974 forward. It was possible back then but quite unlikely, to follow that path to a long term career in the “music business.” Being a dual major, playing drums in one lane, managing a record store in the other was even more of a gamble. As far as I was concerned, unless I stayed close to the music no “work” would ever yield happiness. If the accumulation of wealth and power is what provides happiness, then I have been an abject failure. But I would do it all again. Sure there are choices made that in hindsight were very wrong, I would change that but not my original plan. Time alters everything, as it should, but music has always been my constant. I’m satisfied. Financially Poor but satisfied. A record store provided some really cool stuff to happen last weekend in Georgia. As if Wuxtry Records hadn’t done enough by providing a chance for employee Peter Buck to meet Michael Stipe and form R.E.M. with Bill Berry and Mike Mills. Last week was a delight for old record store nerds like me, when it brought Mickey Dolenz, the last surviving Monkee, the original quartet of Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe, the mayor of Athens, GA and a key to the city together in celebration of love and music. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life has been recited ad infinitum, that doesn’t make it untrue. You’ll hear much of the events in this episode. A ton of new things with the usual/unusual sonic selections providing connective tissue, and hopefully the joy that music brings. Peter Buck is a record nerd and he would be the first to admit it. I remember one of the many times among the many bands and artists he brought into the Loft, sitting and chatting about record stores and found out he assembled one in his house. Now that’s a good use of money. Thanks for listening and all of the support.
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