I’ve always loved flipping through old records in secondhand stores, so now that I have a turntable, watch out! I am going to have the most ridiculous record collection. My first purchase (after Theatre Is Evil) was the original Godspell movie soundtrack, for 99¢ at Goodwill. Somehow this feels even more gritty and dated than the musical soundtrack, which I know really well (ever since I was in a production at my church in 5th grade).
[I should add that I haven’t actually seen the movie version, so please don’t take this as some kind of endorsement! My sister tells me it’s awful.]
And yet I think that’s part of what makes it so amazing. It feels like a time capsule. I want to compare it to losing myself in an illuminated manuscript, or a 19th-century missionary’s writings. It’s a little snapshot of someone’s experience of god. It feels almost sacred.