Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Snowbound with Ferrante and Teicher
Today to Howard's and my astonishment we sold the second record in a week from our record shop on Etsy, The Old House Downtown.
We sold a lot over Christmas but after Christmas Day you would think it would die down, the world not being privy to the fact that Christmas actually extends until Candlemas which is Feb. 2.
Perhaps the world is privy to the fact!
One record we sold had a Christmas theme, sort of. It was Ferrante and Teicher's "Snowbound."
That video is all well and good however the art is distorted. The record cover in reality is beautiful.
I will tell you one thing, listening to that YouTube recording I am bitterly regretting selling that record.
"Snowbound ... we're snowbound ...." That is amazing. Alas, the record I sold looked so perfect that I did not want to listen to it and maybe scratch it or something.
Anyway, now I am hoping.
Perhaps people are celebrating Christmas into January!
Perhaps they still have their trees lighted, as I do, and they were listening.
We have the art store on Etsy and that is the one I have been paying the most attention to. But I would like to make the record store a success too. On account of it can dovetail with the book about Leonard Pennario. If I run the world's most successful record shop that adds to my cred.
I will tell you one thing, I have learned a lot from being a record dealer. That was how I thought of it when I worked for The Buffalo News. I would leave after a long day at work and then remember my alter ego, as a record dealer. It was fun to switch gears.
And you learn a ton dealing in records. I love Capitol Records because that was Leonard's label, and face it, it was the coolest label. Founded by Johnny Mercer, need we say more?
But I also love the other labels at the time and the records they made. When I list one I will look up information about the artists involved, and the artists who designed the covers -- because of all my years at The Buffalo News, I learned to turn over rocks. You learn so much. When a big album of Leonard's came out, it is fascinating to see the world it entered. Who else was recording what. What else was going on.
Records are the greatest. I wish I had kept "Snowbound"!