Sometimes, we don’t release our heart’s desires into the universe because we focus on "what if it doesn’t work?" Well, I am intentionally focusing on "what if it does work?"
For many years, I desired to learn the art of DJing on vinyl. In early 2021, with the help of an experienced DJ mentor (DJ James B), research, and practice, I became a DJ, DJ Della Soul. When I commit to doing something, I do not allow myself to quit, only to re-work the idea in order to make it better.
I fell in love with vinyl during the process of learning to DJ and began collecting records in April 2021. Additionally, as a child, my father was a collector of vinyl. I remember weekend evenings vividly in the 1980s. My father would sit in his favorite chair, with a cocktail, and dimmed lights. He would listen to his records and sing along. My daddy was happy and content. Those records brought him so much joy. He was in a beautiful zone surrounded by music. My father transitioned in 2008; however, those moments serve as beautiful memories.
Record stores are a dope vibe. The stories behind the brick and mortar. The people. The music. The decor. The feeling I get when I enter one and dig through the crates. The love I receive when I visit one. The good energy, the good vibes. Pure magic!
I am chasing after this dream of owning a quirky, quaint, eccentric, and colorful record store at age 48 and I plan to catch it!
Growing up, Crazy Larry’s and Believe In Music were my go to music stores in my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. I loved the feeling I got when walking through the aisles and combing through the music racks, as well as meeting up with friends while there. Record stores are a community hub, a place to buy vinyl and unique gifts, and a space to enjoy intimate listening sessions with local artists. I look forward to bringing the community a place to celebrate music, culture, Blackness, vinyl, light, love, and energy.
Vinyl prices at Della Soul Records will be affordable and competitive with other industry retailers, and the varying genres of music that will be available will provide something for everyone.