285/365: Vinyl Cafe
Man, I really love Vinyl Cafe. Stuart Mclean is a great short story writer, and a genius story teller. Genius.
Any time I get to catch one of his concerts on CBC, I have to drop everything to listen to it. I always find myself feeling better afterward. I guess a good laugh will do that to you, but it’s more than that. I can’t seem to find the words I want to use to describe what the “more than that” is, but his stories leave me feeling good about everyone and everything around me.
Wait. I might have it – I think what it is, is this: his stories are something I think nearly everyone can relate to, there’s something familiar about them, and (Amy says) they’re wholesome without being cheesy. They’re filled with life’s little lessons… and hilarious, which I think life is most times. I think his stories help me to keep things in perspective in a time when everything feels like it’s designed to confuse.
Anyway, I have his Vinyl Cafe Unplugged book, and Amy bought me another of his books a couple weeks ago, Extreme Vinyl Cafe. I’ve just read the first 3 stories, and Amy had to come check on me to see if I was ok, and not choking. They really are LOL, funny.
So if you like Vinyl Cafe and haven’t had a chance to listen to, or read the stories in a while, make the effort to do so, you won’t regret it. And that goes doubly so for anyone who isn’t aware of Stuart Mclean. Just Google Vinyl Cafe or Stuart Mclean and you’ll find it. There are pod casts out there to listen to as well. I love the books, but listening to him tell his stories, in my opinion, is just a little bit better.