Food for the soul

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AS an owner of some 4,000 LPS, I loved your ar­ti­cle about the re­turn of vinyl (Oc­to­ber 26), al­though, for me, it never went away. I was in Harold Moores, men­tioned in the piece, only yes­ter­day (since you ask, five al­bums of Vagn Holm­boe String Quar­tets for a ten­ner). The last­ing ap­peal of play­ing an LP is, of course, the aes­thetic and ri­tual in­volved. In a throw­away, high-speed world, it re­quires time, ef­fort and con­cen­tra­tion. In this re­spect, it echoes many tra­di­tional coun­try ac­tiv­i­ties, such as hedge­lay­ing rather than flail­ing and mak­ing jam rather than buy­ing a pot off the shelf. The soul ben­e­fits. Si­mon Law­ton-smith, Lon­don

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