Must apply pressure—I mean on my records.
I was supposed to buy a heavier needle for my record player almost three years ago.
Some records—new and old, like SZA and Stevie Wonder—skip without a proper needle.
Songs in the Key of Life lose CTRL without the right kind of pressure.
Without something to hold them beyond the surface.
Maybe I’ve put such a small task on hold for so long because I didn’t want,
or wasn’t ready for… the pressure.
But I can’t function, grow, or face the music without pressure;
without the weight of a conversation, having the audacity to go deeper.
That weight comes at a price that I wasn’t quite ready to pay.
But my deep cuts, my classics, require something valuable.
And, perhaps, now I see myself deserving of something that will
boost the quality of sound around me.