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Are Vinyl Record Making a Comeback or Did They Ever Really Leave?

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There’s something about listening to vinyl records that just feels different. It’s a more immersive experience than streaming music, and the sound quality is often superior. For many music lovers, it’s the only way to truly appreciate their favorite songs.

Interestingly, vinyl records are making a comeback in popularity, especially among younger people. In a world where digital music is the norm, there’s something appealing about listening to music on a physical format. For some, it’s a way to connect with the past. For others, it’s simply about the quality of the listening experience.

No matter the reason, it’s clear that vinyl records are here to stay. If you’re thinking about making the switch from digital to analog, there’s no better time than now. Here’s everything you need to know about listening to vinyl records.

What Are Vinyl Records?

Vinyl records are a type of analog audio storage medium. They were the primary means of listening to music from the 1950s until the 1980s, when they were largely replaced by cassette tapes and CDs. In recent years, however, vinyl records have seen a resurgence in popularity.

Vinyl records are made of a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound and are coated with a thin layer of aluminum. The aluminum is used to reflect the sound waves back into the groove, which creates the audio signal.

Vinyl records can be played on any turntable, but there are also specialized USB turntables that allow you to convert your vinyl collection into a digital format.

Why Are Vinyl Records Making a Comeback?

There are a few reasons why vinyl records are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. For some people, it’s about the listening experience. The sound quality of vinyl records is often superior to that of digital music files, and many people prefer the warmer, analog sound.

Another reason is the growing popularity of vintage and retro style. In a world where everything is digitized, there’s something appealing about listening to music on a physical format. Holding a vinyl record in your hands feels different than streaming a song on your phone.

Finally, some people see collecting vinyl records as an investment. The value of rare and collectible records has gone up in recent years, making them a worthy addition to any music lover’s collection.

How to Listen to Vinyl Records

If you’re new to vinyl records, the process of listening to them can seem a bit daunting. Here’s a quick overview of everything you need to get started.

First, you’ll need a turntable. You can use any turntable, but if you’re just starting out, we recommend a basic entry-level model. USB turntables are also available, which allow you to convert your vinyl collection into a digital format.

Next, you’ll need a phono preamp. This device amplifies the audio signal from the turntable and sends it to your speakers or amplifier. Many entry-level turntables come with a built-in phono preamp, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll need to purchase one separately.

Finally, you’ll need a pair of speakers or an amplifier. If you’re using an amplifier, you’ll also need a pair of speakers. We recommend starting with a basic 2.1 speaker system.

Once you have all of your equipment, simply connect the turntable to the phono preamp, and then connect the phono preamp to the amplifier (or speakers). Then, just cue up your favorite record and enjoy.

Where to Get Vinyl Records

Check your local thrift stores and antique malls to start building a more vintage collection. For newer music on vinyl, you’ll want to get a vinyl subscription or check out local record stores that would have the latest releases.

There’s a reason vinyl has remained popular. It’s a great way to listen to music. Start building a collection and experience a unique way to listen to music in this digital age.

Who Is Mothman: The Mythological Creature Stalking the WV Backwoods

West Virginia folklore tells the tale of a humanoid creature seen in the Point Pleasant area. The first appearance happened in 1966, with continued sightings occurring for the next 13 months.

One of the first newspaper reports of the mysterious being had the headline “Couple Sees Man-Sized Bird… Creature… Something.” The national press grabbed that article quickly, helping to spread the story across the United States.

Mothman stories were developed for a fictional audience in the 1970s. 

Why Did Mothman Disappear?

Although the Mothman sightings were regular in 1967, they stopped in mid-December that year. That’s when the Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people. That incident gave rise to the idea that the sightings and the event were connected. 

In 2016, an anonymous photographer allegedly snapped a photo of the Mothman in Mason County while driving on Route 2. He said the creature was jumping from tree to tree, adamant that the images weren’t doctored.

The creature had wings with pointed tips and long legs that could be bent at an awkward angle. 

About 100 people in total reported an official sighting of the creature. A few hoaxes were part of that mix, but there is still a belief that supernatural events led to the various sightings. As one resident said, “I definitely know the Mothman is real.” 

Some people believe Mothman is a bad omen, only appearing when catastrophes are about to happen. Others think that eyewitness accounts aren’t as numerous because people are afraid to come forward.

Either way, the Mothman legend continues to live on. 

American Neighbors Defined by Their Cultural Diversity

The United States often calls itself a melting pot of society because numerous cultures, races, and ethnicities live together in relative harmony. If the trends continue as they are, not one ethnic group will constitute a substantial majority by 2045.

Although immigration reform is a political hot potato issue, some neighborhoods’ current cultural profile has already reached the goal of total diversity.

Harlem, N.Y.

Harlem is one of the most complex cultures in the United States. It was originally a Dutch village, transitioned to Italian and Jewish populations, and then became the place for African-American immigration. All of these perspectives continue to live with each other cohesively, although there have been some growing pains over the years with conflict and crime. 

San Francisco’s Chinatown

This community is the largest of its type outside of the Asian continent. It’s also the oldest one in the United States. Although it gets treated as a tourist attraction, the neighborhood’s history and culture are always on full display.

Jersey City, N.J.

With easy access to Manhattan, this city is divided into six wards. Each one has a unique perspective of life in the area, ranging from the mixed-use views of Journal Square to the working-class families in Greenville.

Germantown, Md.

You’re a short drive from the nation’s capital when living in this community, which is a series of six villages. It’s a place where young couples settle, families raise their children, and people look to establish a life for themselves. Numerous cultural hubs operate in the region, introducing everyone to its original settlers’ history and culture.

Paradise, Nevada

When people say that they’re going to Las Vegas, it would be more accurate to say that they are spending time in this community. It’s one of the largest unincorporated towns in the world, with a population above 200,000. People from all over the world come here to explore the attractions, try new things, and enjoy some time relaxing.

Each community is exploring culture and ethnicity in the U.S. in unique ways. These neighbors just have a head start.

A Brief History of Christmas in America

Although Christmas feels like a traditional holiday with embedded roots throughout human civilization, the interpretation of our celebrations today is relatively new. Did you know that the U.S. government didn’t recognize it as a federal holiday until 1870?

The Christmas season didn’t always celebrate the birth of Jesus. It used to be a time when the solstice was more important, indicating the progression of the year.

It wouldn’t be until the Roman Empire decided to mark the day of Jesus’ birth as a celebration in the fourth century that the holiday traditions would start. Religious leaders transformed a festival called Saturnalia, a time that honored the sun, to one that focused on Christianity. 

When the colonists came to the United States in the 17th century, the idea of celebrating Christ through decadence was seen as sinful.

Christmas was outlawed for early Americans. 

What Changed Christmas in the United States?

During the 1800s, several fictional Christmas stories became popular in the United States. Washington Irving was particularly famous for his fictitious portrayals of how the day was celebrated in England before society transformed to become more Puritan.

Many of those stories inspired American practices for the Christmas holiday.

German settlers came to the United States with the tradition of having evergreen trees and branches in their homes. These actions were originally meant to signify that life is possible, even during challenging times.

At the same time, Catholic immigrants brought over the tradition of keeping a small nativity scene in their homes.

By the time the American government decided to make Christmas a federal holiday, most families were already celebrating it anyway. Since then, it has grown into a spectacle of gifts, lighted trees, and hope for a peaceful new year.

Each family celebrates in their own way today. How do you mark this joyous time of the season?

Check Out These Noteworthy Young Entrepreneurs of America

Entrepreneurship has helped to make America what it is today. Between our many innovators who have helped transform our lives, to the freedoms we enjoy that allow for creativity and outspokenness, America has produced some of the most well recognized and successful thinkers, inventors, and business people.

You might be surprised to learn that 14% of the total working population in the U.S. are entrepreneurs who own and operate their own businesses. More interesting is that some of these folks were quite young when inspiration struck.

Below, we are going to look specifically at a few of these young entrepreneurs of America who found and followed their passion. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will realize that you can do it too!

EvanTube

Evan Moana of the EvanTube channel on Youtube started reviewing toys in the fourth grade with the help of his parents. Now at the age of 14, he is one of the youngest millionaires on the video sharing platform. The success of his channel has also meant success for his parents and sister who also operate their own Youtube channels. Basically, he and his family saw something that was missing from the platform and created a solution to help give honest and fair reviews for what toys they should be considering, then used that success to find even more success. Smart move, Moana family.

Catherine Cook

At the age of 15, Catherine Cook, with the help of her brother, Dave, 17, came up for the idea of an online platform where people could share their school yearbook online. After securing money from their eldest sibling, MyYearBook.com got off the ground and running. At its peak, it had more than 3 million members and generated millions in revenue. Later, the website merged with another platform and became MeetMe.com. The Cook’s tapped into people’s nostalgia and took advantage of the interconnectedness of the internet to reconnect thousands of long-lost classmates and make money while doing it.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the best known young entrepreneurs. Facebook.com, an online social media platform, was created by Zuckerberg at 19, along with his friends in his dormitory at Cambridge university. Zuckerberg left college after his sophomore year to work on Facebook full-time, and later took the company public in 2012. In many ways, Facebook and Zuckerberg built upon what other social media platforms were trying, but they found a way to do it better. Today the company is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

Kylie Jenner

In March of 2018, Forbes reported that Kylie Jenner was the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Owed in large part to the success of her cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics, fame gained from the television show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “Life of Kylie,” partnerships with major retail brands, her social media presences, and her own line of merchandise, Kylie has built a small business empire. In November of 2019, Kylie sold her a majority stake in her cosmetic line for $600 million; she will remain the face of the company moving forward. Kylie is a good example of how creating a successful social persona can be leveraged into success in business; make sure you know what your fans want, then go after that market.

Mikaila Ulmer

From the age of 11, Mikaila Ulmer wanted to share her family’s lemonade recipe that is made using flaxseed and honey. So she founded the Me & the Bees Lemonade company. Thanks to investments from Shark Tank and NFL players, the company has expanded and is now sold in Whole Foods Market, restaurants, and other locations. Now 14, Mikaila Ulmer remains the CEO of her company while also attending school, and finding time for family and friends. Many people have found success in selling their family recipes at local markets, but Mukaila shows that with the backing, you can turn your product into something that reaches people across the country.

If you want to take control of your life, entrepreneurship is the way to go. Not everyone is lucky to get that spark of inspiration at such a young age, but you shouldn’t give up. It has been suggested that the best time to start a business, if not in your youth, is later in life. Being older is great because you have more life experience, and you may have fewer family obligations when your kids are out of the house.

So don’t fret if you haven’t achieved what you have wanted quite yet. There is still time to strike out on your own and find success.