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The Vinyl Review: Bob Marley

Winter Storm Stella hit the region like a sickness.

Common symptoms of Stellitis: The blues, anxiety, grouchiness and depression. There is no medical cure.

There is, however, musical treatment. I pulled my copy of “Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits” and threw it under the needle. The music instantly put me in Jamaica, at least for a little while, as the snow fell outside.

Music has the ability to impact more than just the auditory sense. Some people see different colors in response to certain sounds.

We only use a small percentage of our brains. I bet musical stimulation is one key to unlocking a deeper experience.

Mozart seemed pretty smart.

Even at 10 percent, the rest of us can get the most out of our vinyl collections to get us through the tough times, including annoying late-season storms.

No prescription needed.

(For instant relief from the winter blues: “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful.)


The Vinyl Review: ‘Legend’


I very rarely spend more than a few dollars for records. 

It’s a hobby I enjoy cheaply. There are a few bands I have been wanting to listen to on vinyl, but haven’t been able to find the records in used stacks at local stores. 

I broke down and bought a new copy of a Bob Marley greatest hits collection. It cost more than $20 — and it was well worth the investment. Marley’s music has a medicinal effect, which is amplified by needle and plastic. 

It has been a while since I have listened to new plastic. The unique quality of vinyl remains, minus the pops and crackles that are part of my entire used stock. 

Don’t get me wrong — those sounds are part of why I like listening to records. 

But I guess it’s worth investing in a brand-new buy every once in a while, especially when it’s Marley. 

(A word of advice: Sometimes Marley’s lyrics are hard to understand. Take the time to look them up. They are good.)