"Now more than ever it's important to be able to escape - one way or another - even if it's just from the confinements of our own homes. I find my escape here in this room, traveling through the galaxy one vinyl record at a time."
John from Milwaukee, WI

Another week of buoyant Turntable Diaries - your stories of how music is helping you keep afloat and stay positive through these days.

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Here are our favorites this week...

John's spaceship

"Music is awesome, but space?! Space is incomprehensibly awesome. Add a touch of magic and horror (and Digable Planets!), and you've got the theme to my main vinyl listening world. Now more than ever it's important to be able to escape - one way or another - even if it's just from the confinements of our own homes. I find my escape here in this room, traveling through the galaxy one vinyl record at a time."

- John, Milwaukee, WI

Joel and his collection

"Commuting home meant I frequently stopped at my favorite records stores in/around Minneapolis to find fresh scores. But, now that that we have stay at home orders, I am digging into my collection. It's like reacquainting with old friends. It's important to remember and be thankful for what you have, not what you want. But, I can't wait for shops to open so I can see my record store friends again. I miss them and hope beyond hope they are doing ok."

- Joel, Lakeville, MN

Catherine's punk den

"Just rediscovered my 60's punk records. These are the great compilations Mayhem & Psychosis, aptly named for those crazy times. Perfect after watching Tarantino's 'Once upon a time in Hollywood'. Dig it man! I'm just thinking about the times when what's happening was unthinkable....or was it? Actually, I am a bit psychic and I knew something like that was upon us and very soon. Great times to listen to old vinyl and fantasise about past times and placed we can't reach any more. Because WE JUST CAN'T GO OUT ANYWAY!"

- Catherine, London, UK

Ian's lazy chair and shelves

"I feel so lucky that I can work from my record room. Every time I have a break I can whack a record on and get reacquainted with an old friend. Today's treats included Idles, The Fall, Manu Dibango and some old Trojan records. I've even got my lazy chair for maximum chill! When we spend so much time separated from loved ones, music becomes a necessity not a luxury, but there are some routines from the last few weeks that I will be reluctant to give up such as the daily vinyl time."

- Ian, Colchester, UK

Paul's RSD hauls of the past

"It's still Record Store Day here - I'm remembering past RSDs, the early morning excitement and the hours spent queuing (almost always in lovely spring weather); the mad rush once inside and not knowing where to look first. My pic shows some RSD purchases from Rough Trade East and a couple of old classics. I thought today should be about these happy record store memories - like seeing Best Coast at Rough Trade East in 2010 and getting my record signed - and playing RSD hauls from years past. But I'm also looking forward to that first post-lockdown visit to RTE and just sitting with an early morning coffee and listening to whatever's playing - one of my favourite things in life. See you soon I hope."

- Paul, Frinton-on-Sea, UK