It was my husband's birthday recently and his parents got him a new Pro-ject turntable as a gift. It's absolutely gorgeous - piano black, very simple and sleek. We went out yesterday to get the pre-amp so we could actually use it and when we got back, he was so excited he wanted to set it up right away. So I popped a Mike's Hard Lemonade and watched him go at it, happier than a kid at Christmas.
Then he surprised me by pulling out a vinyl version of my fave album of all time, "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac. We put it on and I swear it's as if I haven't heard a single one of those songs in thirty years, it just sounded that good. Notes that I'd forgotten were there; breath-y sounds in Stevie's voice that get lost in digital recordings; harmonies that sound muddy on the iPod were clear as dinner bells. It was so incredible, it literally brought tears to my eyes. We sat there and drank white wine and listened to the whole album as the sun went down on a warm June evening. It was transporting.
I am just so grateful that I don't have to watch my husband set up his new turntable and drink soda instead of Mike's. That I don't have to listen - and really hear - Fleetwood Mac for the first time in forever without being able to have chilled white wine to enhance the experience. What a fantastic night! I feel so grateful and happy today!! I just don't know who to thank for this gift. Me, I guess. Okay - thank me!! (Because you will, too!)
btw, you're welcome! :)