Songs in the Key of Life

Photo 5This is the story of how I almost didn’t buy the best record in my collection. Way back in High School, when I started collecting music and getting into Stevie Wonder, I heard “Songs in the Key of Life” and fell in love with it. But, then as now, I was really cheap, and I never saw a copy of the CD in a record store for less than $20. Recently, after I got the record player I have now, I went down to a place called “Store 54” in Allston to see what they had. I saw a beautiful vinyl copy of SITKOL in the stacks, the only problem was that the price tag read $19.99. It seems that the universe set the price of SITKOL at $20 regardless of the location or format of the copy.

I still really wanted it, so I decided to get a closer look at it to determine if I was willing to pay $20 for a record. As I opened up the cover, the “A Something’s Extra” EP (It was the collector’s edition) came tumbling out on to the floor due to its precarious placement. The guy who owns the store saw the event transpire, and even though he didn’t say anything, I felt honor-bound to purchase it. When I got it home and played it, I suddenly felt like an idiot for the years I’ve spent thinking SITKOL wasn’t worth $20. It’s one of the best albums ever made; if you haven’t listened to it, go do it soon.




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