We thought we’d end our macabre issue of Halloween fright nights and gory gigs by informing you of a unique way you can pay tribute to your deceased, music-loving family and friends.
Yes, strangely enough, you can commission musician and record presser Jason Leach to create personal vinyl records containing the ashes of your loved ones. Jason uses photos, voice recordings and the deceased’s favourite music to design and devise a unique musical memorial. The ashes add to the crackles and nuances that make vinyl such a special medium, meanwhile photographs decorate the sleeve notes and album cover.
Don’t believe us – watch short documentary ‘Hearing Madge’ on YouTube. The video has racked up over 90,000 views and since it was uploaded Jason has been inundated with requests.
As Jason eloquently puts it: “Sound is vibrating; you, the room, and it’s actually moving the air around you, and that’s what’s so powerful about hearing someone’s voice on a record, that they’re actually moving the air. For me that’s powerful.”
Strange as it may sound the odd novelty is pretty endearing once you get your head around it. Personally, I don’t want to become worm food when I die, and I can’t think of a better way to store my ashes once I am gone, than in the extensive vinyl collection I will almost certainly list in my will.
Visit Andvinyly.com to find out more and live on beyond the groove.