[fontspecial][/fontspecial] Record Store Day, on April 22nd, celebrates the culture of independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores. As most of you remember, record stores were far more than just a place to find hidden gems and expand your music collection. For those of you who have never known music to come from anywhere but an iPod or satellite radio, let me explain. Record stores were truly a community experience: a place to meet new and old friends, and a way to experience life with your own personal soundtrack.
No matter how much the music industry has changed, the power of music remains consistent. Music has a beautiful way to bring back old memories, create new ones and establish emotional connections from the very first note.