Today all across this land, Canada and maybe other countries as well, it's 'Record Store Day'. A day we celebrate actual pressed audio and in many cases video material bought at where else but a record store.

In this day of digital downloading and never leaving your house to buy anything it's nice that we have a day set aside to highlight the record store. For the sake of splitting hairs I'll include CDs as records when we talk about buying music at a record store.

As a teen I vividly remember a number of different records stores. The names would be different for most reading this blog as I was raised in Canada. We had Sam The Record Man, A&A, and a few independents in town. If one store didn't have what you were looking for you had to walk or drive to the next.

Here in Maine of course there is still Bull Moose who by the way is a driving force behind 'Record Store Day' but back in the day I remember Strawberries and Goody's. My favorite places to browse were always the used places, like Good Vibrations on Bangor St. in Augusta and Record Connection on Main St. in Waterville.

My very first album I bought with my own money was 'Super Trouper' by ABBA. (Don't judge) The recording I've bought the most and really on all major formats has been 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard and the last album I bought was Kelly Clarkson's 'All I Ever Wanted' just before we went to her concert in hopes of getting it signed.