Why this tune?
I decided to play Tadd Dameron’s “Our Delight” this week after hearing it on a vinyl record from 1980 that I bought at HR Records in my neighborhood in Washington, DC. This is another fine bebop standard by the man Blue Note calls “the definitive arranger/composer of the bop era.” Dameron was more influential as a composer than as a player, in his too-short, troubled life.
The experience of visiting HR took me back to when I first started listening to and buying music in the late 1970s. I never imagined that we would still be able to buy vinyl records now, when we have easier and more efficient ways to listen to music through CDs and streaming.
I enjoyed the experience of browsing through bins of 12″ LPs, remembering the days when there weren’t other options. I guess I can understand the continuing appeal of the physical experience of browsing for and playing records. It’s certainly more tangible and active than interacting with another screen.
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