All the objects which he contemplated with as much curiosity and admiration as gratitude, for if, in absorbing his dreams, they had delivered him from an obsession, they themselves were, in turn, enriched by the absorption… they took shape and grew solid before his eyes, and at the same time they soothed his troubled heart.Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
How to soothe the troubled heart? This is a scary time. We’re all feeling it, to varying degrees. Turning to music, to books, and movies, is a meaningful way to expand your inner emotional world, deepen your compassion for others, will help you gather your strength for what’s still ahead, and help you find inspiration while we all await the calming of the outer very-real world. This crisis, too, shall pass, so why not have it pass while enjoying cool recording artists and their amazing records?
Everyone has their favorite Indie record shop. Mine are The Business in Anacortes, Washington, and by extension through The Business, Resurrection Records in Spokane, Washington. Thing is, both of these shops have the good shit! I mean, Amazon might know what you need, but these small, expertly curated shops know what you want. So I’m making regular lightning visits to The Business to grab what my troubled heart aches for. Below are just a few recent treasures that have brought me enormous comfort, especially when my worries threaten to overwhelm my panicked monkey mind.
Most Indie record shops do expert mail order, too, which means they know how to pack an LP so it arrives safely without dented corners, so that a cassette tape arrives safely without a cracked case. So your collector’s soul can be at peace, too. Reach out to them. We need each other to survive this crisis. It’s not about toilet paper and guns! It’s about being at peace and slowing down, thinking of others, finding inspiration and empathy, and remaining compassionate human beings!