Reflections on Columbia House etc.

Hi friends,
We’re still working on generating content for Record Store Day. In the meantime, please know that we would L-O-V-E it if someone would write something about joining (or even better scamming) any of the former music club subscription services like BMG, Columbia House, etc.

For inspiration we offer up the following video:

Love,
LL2RNR

Busy working….

Hi there,
We’re busy working on some Record Store Day goodies for all of you. In the meantime, here’s a lovely piece by Carl to get you in the mood:

https://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/01/main-street-records-brockport-ny.html

P.S.
If you would like to write something for the blog focused on Record Store Day, here are some prompts for you to consider:

1. The first album you ever bought
or
2. Your favorite record or music store
or
3. Your favorite format for listening to music (or perhaps a history of formats you have loved)
or
4. Something else that we haven’t thought of that would be even better than anything we ever could have imagined

Please send these to us in the form of short blurbs (unless you want to write a full letter) by 3/31 or no later than 4/4. Add pictures etc. if you dare.

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Dear Songwriters & Makers of Music,

Here in the United States this has been a really frightening week.

It’s hard to know what to do.

How much should I pay attention to what is happening?

How much can I tolerate paying attention to what is happening?

How do you address the current situation in the most effective manner possible?

The protests were beautiful and moving.

How many of these protests have to take place in order to for the current situation to shift?

What else can be done?

Because listening to music has always been one of my primary coping skills/soothing strategies I turn to you Bruce Springsteen, M.I.A., Bob Seger, Joni Mitchell, Conor Oberst, Melanie Safka, Ezra Furman, Ani Difranco, Tom Petty, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Neil Young, Grimes, Zack de la Rocha, Angel Olsen, J Mascis, Liz Phair, etc. etc. etc.

I’m scared.

We need your help.

Music has power.

Let’s not give up.

Love you all,

April

Dear Music Obsessives,

We are holding this site for ransom until you generate some content.

Please send a letter about your favorite band/artist/piece of gear/venue/record player/cassette single/B-side/music store/boom box/sheet music/composer/singer/songwriter/mix tape/playlist/walkman/portable CD player/headphones/78/45/LP/bootleg/band mate/Brill building composer/DJ/VJ/producer/session musician/ANYTHING MUSIC RELATED to loveletters2rocknroll@gmail.com.

Send us a letter and nobody gets hurt!

LL2RNR

Future LL2RNR writers,

If one or more of the items listed below apply to you, it’s time to pick up a pen (so to speak) and submit something.

1. You still have your old mix tapes

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2. You actually completed this (and never mailed it in because you wanted to look back on it someday)

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3. You find this image to be just delightful

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4. You have a shelf (or shelves) like this at home

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5. You feel very passionate singing the lines “I see you sent my letters back, and my LP records and they’re all scratched”

6. You wish you were on the cover of this 45 (and actually own, or aspire to own, 45s)

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Hello Loyal LL2RNR Reader,

Okay, so here’s the bad news. No new letter this week. Why, you might ask? Well to put it simply it’s because you didn’t write one.

Here’s the good news. You can write a letter. Yes, it’s true. Little old you.

Save your excuses because all of them can be refuted.

Too busy: Unless you’re a neurosurgeon or a stockbroker this “too busy” mumbo jumbo won’t fly. It takes an hour to write a letter, maybe less if your juices are really flowing and/or you’ve already started writing the letter in your head. Then you can allot maybe 30 minutes (max) for reviewing/revising it. That’s 1.5 hours in total (max). That’s also 1.5 hours well spent.

Too scared: If you begin the process of writing a letter you may find that all kinds of feelings come up and then you might start to feel scared. That’s okay. That’s a good thing. Feelings exist for humans. Don’t repress, express!

Too capitalistic: Oh, so you want to be paid for your letter do you? When was the last time you wrote a letter? Try it again and see how good it feels. Letters are fun! Some might even say they are better than PM’s or texts or even the now old-fashioned email. Why? Because it takes time and effort to write them. Let the process of giving yourself time to craft something, and putting forth effort to write about something you care about, be your reward. Money is an illusion, don’t let it enslave you. Don’t just be a consumer, be a contributor!

At a loss for an idea: Do you realize that this blog is the key to a portal of limitless possible topics connected to music? Here are some topics that no one has yet to address (and could/should):

  • A beloved mix tape/CD/Playlist
  • A beloved piece of music equipment
  • A previously (or currently) owned stereo, boom box, record player, Walkman etc. etc.
  • A show/performance that moved you
  • A venue that you love (maybe it is still around, maybe it’s gone, maybe it’s morphed into something else)
  • A sound snippet in a song
  • An article written about music by someone else
  • A music researcher/research study focused on music
  • A jukebox
  • A person who first exposed you to (fill in the blank with something music related)

Are you getting the picture? Music fervor offers limitless possibilities.

You can do this! Seriously! We know you’ve clicked on the Submissions tab because WordPress gives us daily statistics (looking squarely at you people in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Germany, Costa Rica, India, Mexico etc.).

Be brave! Be obsessive! If you’re nervous you can remain anonymous. Write a love letter to Prince’s motorcycle in “Purple Rain.” Write a letter to the animatronic band from Chuck E. Cheese’s or the lesser known Show Biz Pizza Place. Write a letter to Bryan Adams and talk about how that song “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” makes you feel like you are smack dab in the middle of a junior high dance every single time you hear it. The sky’s the limit here people! Transcendence is only a few short key strokes away.

Patiently waiting for your submissions,
LL2RNR

RECOMMENDED INSPIRATION

The Jacks: Why Don’t You Write Me

The Shangri-Las: Train From Kansas City

The Box Tops: The Letter