RIP Ear X-Tacy

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What's your favorite record store? Doesn't it have to do as much with location as it does selection? The fact that people can tell you what they like and why you'll like it. That it feels oddly like home. Mine's ear X-tacy. Which is no more.

I applied for a job there in 2003, straight out of college and just looking for a place to hang my hat. Jason Lowenstein took my application and I knew straight away that I had no shot at a job.

And while there's necessary sadness that this place has gone away, this home away from home for those of us who still love buying music (dinosaurs tho we may be), anger comes with it as well. Why wasn't it saved? Don't we still want to have places like this? Shouldn't a store be about something more than selling goods? Is it possible for a community to protect these places?

We should stop taking places like this for granted solely because they give us goods and start to take them into account for what they are -- homes to us. Places of solace. And, it seems, going way too soon.

Dear Louisville, and all who have shopped, supported, and loved ear X-tacy over the years,

It has been a dream come true...actually, a dream exceeded, to be part of your musical lives here in Louisville for the last 26 years. My life was changed forever, and guided by the power of music since I can remember. Music has been the soul, the heart, the passion of my life for my entire 56 years. The record store experience has been the only child in my life. Now, it's time for me to let it fly.

Thank YOU...for allowing me to be part of your musical universe. Louisville, you made me feel like I was truly HOME when I moved here in 1976. It's been a great ride, but as George Harrison knowingly said, "All Things Must Pass." It's with sadness, but also with great pride I say to you now...

ear X-tacy is no more

Long live ear X-tacy!

Please keep the music alive. Support the incredible music scene and independent businesses we have here! Until you leave this great city, you cannot realize what a unique treasure we have here. Embrace it, celebrate it, and promote it. Love it.

Thank you all for making my dreams come true. Thank you for making ear X-tacy the wonderful place that it was. I thank all of the staff that made this store THE hub for music in Louisville for the past 26 years. Please take pride in knowing that YOU have been the heart and soul of what this store became. Thank you for sharing my dream and exceeding all of my expectations! To all of the musicians who have graced our store and stage, I cannot tell you what a thrill it's been. From the local newbies to the incredibly huge national artists...THANK YOU for gracing our store and sharing you incredible musical talents with us all...that's what I like to call: "earX-tacy".

Love, peace, music and ear X-tacy to you all,

John D. Timmons
President, ear X-tacy, Inc.


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