There is nothing quite as spectacular as the sweet sound of vinyl. From the Beatles to Miles Davis, music just sounds better when it is played on one of these round, black discs. Vintage vinyl has seen a huge resurgence as of late with many new bands beginning to print their music on vinyl. It’s no wonder why we now celebrate this wonderful music medium on August 12th.
A History of National Vinyl Record Day
In 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device that allowed sound to be recorded and reproduced. The initial phonograph used tin foil that was placed over a metal cylinder with grooves. The stylus would vibrate in the tinfoil as it was rotated, playing back sound. Wax eventually replaced the tin foil.
The first vinyl records were made out of zinc and were covered in a thin layer of beeswax. A vibrating stylus etched grooves in the disc that allowed it to be played on a gramophone. Up until the 1950s, record manufacturers made their records in 78 rpm format. One of the most popular is the 45 rpm format with the 33 ⅓ format right behind it.
In 2016, manufacturers began to notice a vinyl resurgence. There were over 3.2 million vinyl units solid, making it a 25 year-high. Currently, it is the only physical music medium that is on the rise. We can thank Gary Freiberg, a popular YouTuber, writer, and vinyl expert, for creating the holiday to commemorate Thomas Edison and the invention of vinyl.
- Jack White
How To Celebrate National Vinyl Record Day
National Vinyl Record Day is a day to enjoy music in one of its original forms. If you have a record player at home. Stop by your local record shop and pick up some new or used vinyls from your favorite artists. Not only will you have something new and exciting to listen to, but you’ll also help to support your favorite artists!
Make sure to hashtag #NationalVinylRecordDay to spread the word and get other people listening.
The Record Keeps Spinning
Music has been recorded on many different media over the years, but the vinyl record seems to have the most dedicated fanbase. The fact that vinyl records have outlasted all other outdated music media combined with the resurgence of musicians recording on vinyl goes to show that, sometimes, and oldie can remain a goodie.
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National Julienne Fries Day
The french fry comes in many different forms. You can enjoy the salty crunch in a variety of ways – like waffle fries, shoestring fries, and curly fries. One of the most popular french fry cuts is the Julienne cut. The Julienne style dates back to a French cookbook from the early 18th century. It was used to cut vegetables into thin, uniform slices for more thorough cooking.
Julienne fries are some of the best-looking and crispiest fries around. If you are dining at a higher-end establishment, it is likely that they cut their fries Julienne style. Take this day to enjoy some delicious Julienne fries.
National Middle Child Day
If you are a middle child, you probably know the struggle. Your older sibling has always been considered the “leader” of the pack, and your younger sibling has always been the lovable baby. Often, middle children feel left without an obvious role to play in the family. They are also often the most open and creative of the bunch, though many also deal with neurotic behaviors. If you are the middle child, take the day to celebrate yourself! If you have a middle child, let them know that they are important!