Pictured left is the most recent addition to my vinyl library. It’s a triple LP compilation titled Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, released in 2005 by Belle and Sebastian, an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. It contains the singles and EPs they released for Jeepster Records. I am loving so many tracks on this album right now and cannot stop playing it. I’ve never listened to much Belle and Sebastian before, and now I can’t get enough. It’s like the excitement that comes from slowly discovering all of the intimate details of a new lover.
The album was actually a gift from my boyfriend. When I revealed to him, during our rain-filled six-hour bike ride a few weeks ago (detailed in a prior post), that I collect vinyl records, he found this small tidbit of information to be one of the most surprising, exciting, and cutest things I had shared with him thus far. Who would’ve thought?
Last night I started thinking more about how gifts like these are so special. Collecting and listening to records is such a passion of mine, and for someone to so genuinely appreciate and support my love for that, and take the time and risk of going out on a limb to find a little record store and pouring through hundreds of records for just the right one, and getting it so right, is quite amazing (and heart warming).