As I was dozing off to sleep last night, for some reason I started imagining what kind of music I would play if I did indeed some day own a little bookstore (offering nutritional consultations in the back room of course!). This is what I came up with:
She & Him
The Magic Numbers
Simon and Garfunkel
Bat for Lashes
My Morning Jacket
Belle & Sebastian
And thrown in for good measure: Debussy, Chopin, Vivaldi, and various jazz and opera music (depending on the time of day).
There would be dark wooden shelves, a little tea bar serving loose leaf tea, little round tables scattered throughout the shop, and an upstairs level that feels like a cozy loft.
In this age of kindles and iPhones and iPads and digital everything, I think the people who have always loved holding a book in their hands and turning the textured pages and enjoying the fragrance of a new book will keep on doing so, thus keeping real live books alive (even if they become endangered). I don't understand how the beauty, character, uniqueness, and solidity of any one book can be thrown away for a generic digital version. Sigh.
It seems like all the old things are being processed into a high-tech, modern version, soulless and fragmented and unhealthy. This even happened with food - whole, natural, wholesome food replaced with boxed, mass-produced, chemical-laden mysteries.
Okay, rant over. It's always important to stay positive, have hope, and create positive change by taking conscious action and making healthy, happy choices :)