An Ode to a 300-Album Vinyl Collection
You know how some folks are just inherently cool, with the best vibe, great taste, and a killer record collection to boot? Designer Savannah Watson is 100 percent that person. She and her husband Tim have been amassing albums together for over a decade and now spin from a collection of about 300 in their Wilmington, North Carolina, home—a habit that helps Savannah chill out when she’s not working on her intricate jewelry line, Merewif. Here’s why she highly recommends you take a hand at the turntable, too.
YOU GET TO COME FULL CIRCLE.
“Records have a distinct sonic quality and are complete works. They are tangible and were meant to be experienced as a whole. It’s nice to absorb the entire sound and story, and listening to a record affords that. You get to listen the way the artist intended. I spend enough time on my phone already. It’s refreshing to hear music from a different source and to have to physically flip the record to hear the other side. It keeps you engaged. I appreciate all of the new digital music platforms, but it can be overwhelming at times.”
THE BACK STORY IS A BONUS TRACK.
“Our records have history because we usually acquire them from friends and family or thrift stores, so the listening process is more personal. We have a practice of trading albums with friends, and it has become a tradition for visitors to bring us records as gifts. I also inherited a record collection from my dad who had an eclectic music taste and worked for CBS Radio.”
THEY MAKE GREAT CONCERT SOUVENIRS.
“We see live shows as much as we can and make sure to pick up an album at the show. Some recent folks we’ve seen are The Cactus Blossoms, Joshua Hedley, Cale Tyson, Jonny Fritz, Big Thief, Angel Olsen, and Deer Tick. It feels good to directly support artists in that way. For non-concert purchases, our favorite record store to get new stuff is Harvest Records in Asheville, North Carolina”
THERE’S JOY IN CREATING A SEASONAL MIX.
“We always have a Townes Van Zandt album on rotation. Tim has an original copy of High, Low and In Between that he has been running. Our Saturday morning go-to is Bob Dylan’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (my personal favorite). Other than that, this winter we have been cycling through Spirit of the Golden Juice by F.J. McMahon, Masterpiece and Capacity by Big Thief, Colter Wall by Colter Wall, Sweet Creep by Jonny Fritz, Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan, Graceland by Paul Simon, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Music from Big Pink by The Band, and 2 by Mac Demarco.”