Too Little, Too Late

Goodness gracious, when I blogged last week about supporting the local record store, I had no idea how much urgency there was at that moment.  Less than 24 hours after my post about Siren Records, a judge ordered their eviction and a sheriff sale was held to liquidate the store’s assets.  Apparently they were approximately $350,000 behind on rent payments. 

It would be awfully hard to open and maintain a music store in the digital age, I think that might be the last music store we see in Doylestown for a very long time, maybe they’ll just become extinct.  The only independent music store that I know to be open is the Princeton Record Exchange, I’ll probably make an annual pilgrimage there to remember what it was like to buy music at a store, to listen to an obscure band being played loudly and proudly by weird and funky audiophiles from behind the counter.  To comb through your favorite band’s CDs and find an import CD with new songs you’ve never heard, to purchase an entire album that you actually want to commit to and listen to from start to finish, the adventure of searching through the CDs and finding the one you need.  I will miss it.    

So, where do you dollars go?  Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart, Target, Apple, Amazon?  I just wish I could give my music dollars to a friend, to a store that is in my town that holds concerts for the kids, to someone rather than some corporate entity. 

I knew a couple people that worked at Siren, I worked with them in my college years when I worked at the Doylestown Bookshop.  They were cool, they were hip, and they were down to earth, I’m sure they didn’t make tons of money, but they had a great job doing what they loved doing, I envied them for being able to work at a record shop and for having cool little apartments in the center of town, it seemed like the most wonderful life. 

The internet is great, I love the internet, but we need to beware.  We need to know the consequences of transitioning our purchases to online merchants, we need to make sure we think about our communities and keeping them alive, otherwise, our only communities will be virtual or ubiquitous corporate facades. 

We lost Siren, but maybe we can keep the Doylestown Bookshop in business, the County Theater, or any other place you might want to save. 

Sorry about the preaching, it was just on my mind.  We had a good weekend, celebrated a my friend’s 30th birthday.  My friends are turning 30, getting married, and I have a kid with another on the way, we’re getting old.  I really look forward to my friends having kids as well, I hope our kids become friends with their kids and we can have giant sleep overs.  By the way, my favorite kids show is The BackYardigans, the music on the show rocks. 

5 thoughts on “Too Little, Too Late

  1. AH, this is AWFUL news about Siren! Robert, do you have a link to an article about it or anything? I usually read the Intell online but I don’t remember seeing anything about the eviction and all… Why are they so behind on rent? Is it because they moved to that new big location and the rent was higher? What a loss!

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  2. Good morning. They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.I am from Laos and learning to read in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “If you don’t change shirts to keep up with your excessive sweating, everyone sees your sweatiness at first glance.”With best wishes :-D, Basil.

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