Letter From Grieving Mother Found in Used Record Album
A heartfelt letter found in a LP recently will make the music lover in you tear up.
A couple of days ago a picture popped up on Imgur and Reddit with the title "Bought a used LP. I found this inside. Right in the feels."
Inside the album a letter from a woman describing to the person who purchased the album who it belonged to and why it was sold.
The letter read:
Dear Collector -
Just in case you want to know where this record is coming from:
I am Mark's mother. Mark left us in 2002 - he suffered a heart attack at age 39 while running in the Oregon coastal mountains - the only consolation we have is that he died in a beautiful place doing what he loved most, running, music and of course his son, Kai (Mark was an ocean surfer.) Mark collected this music in the 80s while attending college - I would ask him on occasion when (he) schlepped all this music home (2000 CD's + over 600 vinyl LP's)! "What do you want me to do with all this music if something should happen to you" ---- "Listen to it, Mom" he would say ----- Well, I did listen to a few but now it is time to share them - I am doing the best I can - doing research, listing, shipping, etc. - but it is good therapy for me to see this music being shared all over the world - and the $s from it will go towards Kai's education ---- thank you for your support - and when you play it ---- play it loud for Mark!
It's an incredible story and thoughtful way to pass music on from one generation of fans to another. The most honorable part of the story is Sabine using the funds earned from Mark's albums sales to pay for his son's education.
This weekend is a celebration of albums, LP's and music in general with Record Store Day. According to Record Store Day, Toad Hall Books and Records, Kate's Pie Shop Cafe and Records, and Culture Shock will all participate in the big day.
Who knows, if you buy a vintage LP there's a good chance you too may end up with a piece of someone's life.