Friday, April 1, 2016

And Vinyly: Go Straight to the Top

A friend passed me a website she thought I'd be interested in a few weeks ago. I'm still not sure what to think of it, but it makes me laugh, so I'm passing it on to you.

The website is And Vinyly. It's based in Great Britain and for a fee they will take your cremated ashes (or those of a pet) and press them into a vinyl LP. That's right.

Now, you can't press your ashes into your favorite song- there are copyright issues there, but you can record a message, or sing your own song, or read your last will and testament, or as they suggest, record nothing and have people listen to the snaps and pops of an LP playing.  A few years ago I would have said this would never last because people don't play records anymore, but now it's all the rage again so I say go for it.

The basic package includes a 24-minute recording (12 minutes per side) supplied by you and up to 30 records. For an additional fee you can have your portrait commissioned for the front cover, have music written especially for you, or have them emcee your funeral. If you really had your sights set on being buried in the ground they will take cremated body parts, say just a hand, or a foot (no one sees your foot in the casket.)

The man behind And Vinyly is Jason Leach who has been working in the music industry for over 25 years. He must know what he's doing, right? I love that And Vinyly doesn't take itself too seriously. I haven't seen any reviews from satisfied customers, but that would be a little difficult since you'd have to be dead to review the final product.

If you're interested, but not quite sure if you're ready to drop the needle (that's a record reference, kids, not a drug reference) perhaps consider purchasing a t-shirt or a poster with these designs.

Jump over to the website for a chuckle or for information to send to your lawyer regarding final wishes. I promise, this is not an April Fool's joke.

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