Tom’s Music Trade in Red Lion, Pennsylvania has been on my “to-do” list for a long time. I decided to make it my first stop on Record Store Day 2012.
A major cigar and handcrafted furniture manufacturing hub during its heyday, Red Lion still has one thing that many small towns no longer possess … a record store … and a very cool one it is!
Hello, Mr. Zappa.
I’m only at the front door and I’m already in love.
It’s a tight squeeze in here. You’ll start off by saying “excuse me” a dozen times until you get to know your fellow shoppers a little bit better. By the end of your visit, you’ll be used to doe-si-doe-ing around one another so often that excusing yourself will be rendered moot.
Mr. Zappa. We meet again.
I have to admit that I’m a Frank Zappa fan more in theory than in practice. I love the “idea” of him … I even own some of his music; but I never roll out of bed in the morning thinking that I really need to hear some Mothers of Invention right this minute. Sadly, I knew who Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa were before I knew who their father was.
I dig the record boxes below. I never had one as a kid. I had a really ugly avacado green round plastic thing for 45s (handed-down by my older sister), probably a half dozen or more cassette tape briefcases, and a bunch of plastic milk crates for albums. Sadly, I’ve lost them all over the years due to parental cullings and two floods. I miss them.
I purchased a few records and a cassette while I was there but I regret not buying this. I might have to go back and correct my mistake … Amy’s music just begs to be heard on a record player. Yes, I could buy it online but that’s not nearly as much fun.
Red Lion is home to Halestorm! Lzzy Hale is one of my favorite female rockers.