I love music. I love to listen to music whenever I can. I listen to digital, tape, CD, and my favorite way, on vinyl. If you haven’t noticed, vinyl records are making a comeback. This isn’t any brief, trendy comeback, but a real, not-going-to-go-away kind of comeback.
When I was a teenager in the ’70s, vinyl was the primary source of music other than radio. On weekends, I would get together with friends and play our favorite music. I still remember those great sessions listening to the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, Kiss, Styx, Kansas, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Commodores, The Eagles, countless bands from Motown, and my favorite band of all time, Led Zeppelin. We loved them all!
On weekends my parents would have company over, and after dinner, we would move to the living room. My father loved to play his LPs and share his passion for country music. Some of his favorites are country artists are mine now as well: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Lester Flats & Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, and the Oak Ridge Boys, to name a few. He also loved folk music with some of his favorites, including The Chad Mitchel Trio and The Kingston Trio. We would listen for hours.
I started collecting my own classic vinyl a few years ago and stuck mainly to my favorites, but once in a while, I would run across one that took me back to my childhood and would buy it. When my father passed away, I remembered his collection, the wonderful times we had listening to them, and visited my mother to ask if I could take them home. He was always careful with his collection, so I was not surprised by their pristine condition.
Getting them home, I was very hesitant to play any on my record player, since it was an inexpensive model with a couple of built-in speakers. It’s not really an excellent way to listen to these classics, and I knew I needed something better.
Back in the day, my father had the “latest and greatest” system with a diamond stylus equipped turntable and exceptional amplifier and speakers. He took great pride in his system and had worked very hard to buy it. I wanted to do him and his collection justice, so I started doing research within my budget. I settled on a company out of Boston that made their turntables by hand and with audio buff friend’s help found the right speakers and amplifiers. While not inexpensive, these investments are long term ones.
Being in the tech business, it’s not hard for me to think of data, especially old legacy data, like an old vinyl record. It was necessary at the time, and historically it still is. Organizations rely on this older data to help manage customers, maintain long term relationships with vendors, and secure financial history. In many cases, the old data is critical.
When organizations start to consider upgrading their business systems, like a CRM, they are focused on the migration of the old data and being able to access it as needed. It’s imperative that the software and the partner they choose is reliable and can guarantee the data will be maintained. They look for a partner that has integrity and believes “customer first”. Honesty, openness, and genuine compassion for their business needs are crucial.
When I listen to my vinyl records, I clearly remember my father and his love for music. I see him bent over the turntable putting on a record, using a brush to clean it off, and turning on the player. The first few notes start to play, and he nods his head before sitting down in his favorite chair to listen. I have that “old data” and the equipment to listen to it. It still sounds as good today as it did back then.
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