My father is one of those guys who doesn’t need much. If he needs something, he buys it himself. His passion is music, but he has a record room lined with shelves full of all the greatest stuff. There is no record that I could find that he would want but didn’t have. Music is not my passion or even a fleeting interest of mine. One of my personal mottos is “I prefer silence.” So there truly was no record that I would be able to pick out for him. There was one book though.
This book was old and somewhat rare. There were a few copies on Amazon, but they were several hundred dollars when I was shopping around. In order to get it, my siblings and I would have to join together. That we did. My siblings all like music more than me, but none of us are on the same wavelength as my dad. It was cool for us to be able to enter his world in this way.
The book was written in the nineteen sixties and was a catalog of every record ever made up until that date. Maybe there were records that weren’t in there, but my dad has found every one he’s ever looked for. He looks for a lot of obscure stuff so I have no doubt this book is pretty complete. It included the main artist and all others who collaborated on the record.
My father has always been a walking encyclopedia of strange knowledge, but this book has enhanced that greatly. He will sometimes paw through this book looking for new artists he maybe has never heard of. He can then look them up online and hear a sound that he’s never heard before. Even now, even with the great amount of information on the internet, I don’t think there is such a mass collection of music data in one place, neatly organized, like there is in this book that we got him from dadgiftshop.com.
Why not just use Google? Well, this was over a decade ago. It was much better than anything the internet had to offer at the time. Not only that, my father is pretty old school. He’s more internet savvy than most his age, but he prefers to flip through a book. He keeps the book in his record room and looks things up when picking out which record to put on next.