I became interested in collecting records a long time ago and I don't remember exacly what gave me the urge to start buying them. As my passion for music grew so did my interest in collecting music in the physical medium. I was a big proponent of old music from the 60's and 70's in general so record collecting was just the next step. I love listening to music easily with Spotify and YouTube, but there is a different feeling when you get a hold of the real thing. One of the reasons I chose record collecting for my topic was because it's been a while since I've purchased records, but something I've always wanted to get back into.
I remember exactly where I was when I bought my first couple of records. There was an antique store on Main st. Grapevine, TX where they had a decent selection. The records that stood out to me there were Electric Light Orchestra's "Face the Music" and the soundtrack to the original Star Wars. I aqcuired a few records and displayed them above my headboard without even owning a record player yet. When I was old enough to drive I started to go to antique stores in the area seeking out the music I loved in physical form.
Sometime along the way I was gifted a record player by my parents which meant I could finally listen to the records I had been collecting. My collection grew due to some donations from my grandpah and other family who had held on to their records over the years. When my grandpah gave me some of his collection I was very happy, since he is a big inspiration on my music taste. He showed me the song "I'd Love to Change the World" by the band Ten Years After and one of the records he gave me was the album with that song on it!