Soul-Serenade

Vinyl is making a comeback.

Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An MP3 is nowhere near as good. You don’t get the right sound unless you’re spinning a record, so vinyl is coming back—but, for people like Rashod Ollison in “Soul Serenade,” it never really left.

There was once a time when “Dusty” Ollison’s parents were happy.

He knows it’s true; he has evidence of it, in the form of a picture taken at the beginning of their marriage, which lasted 13 years. When they split, he was old enough to witness but too young to understand, having become inured to the fights, the cheating, and the drinking at his home near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

After Ollison’s father fled his family—leaving Ollison’s mother with a ‘tween and two small children—he rarely returned. But he left a gift behind: stacks of vinyl.

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