As The Vinyl Turns

By: JT

Martin Luther, no not the Great Kang, the German priest, once said:

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God”.

I love this quote because of those last four words. The gift of music is the most powerful force in the world today. I firmly believe that if your friends aren’t suggesting new music to you, then you need new friends. Music has the power to evoke change and shape culture.

I’ll forever be grateful to my grandmother Bernice Townsel, or “No-No” as we called her, for sharing her musical gift and passion with me. My grandma was the head musician at our church in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. If Overtown sounds familiar to you, it’s because you can see twelve constantly drive by my church on The First 48.

No-No wasn’t just your everyday church musician though. Her and my grandfather gave birth to and raised their own little musical army. Five kids in total. Four boys and one girl, my mom, all popped out the womb with some musical ability. Whether it was playing the piano, saxophone, trombone, or singing, the Townsel 5, a name I just gave them, were tearing up the streets every summer as they dropped mixtape after mixtape…

My bad. Got a little carried away.

I grew up in a house with a piano and keyboard, countless numbers of church hymnals, endless amounts of sheet music, and my favorite part, VINYL RECORDS.

No-No’s collection was insane. Boxes on top of boxes of music. In hindsight, she might have been a bit of a hoarder. But none the less, my grandma’s house was my own musical museum. As mentioned earlier, No-No was a church musician. So I’m positive that ninety percent of those vinyls were old Negro spirituals. But every once in awhile you’d find a record from Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, or Diana Ross.


The gift my grandma gave me in third grade when she handed me my uncle’s trombone. The gift I share with my students as I teach them how to play an instrument. The gift I now plan to share with you.

HennCredibly Dope presents the “As The Vinyl Turns” Giveaway. Each month one lucky reader will win their very own vinyl record. This month, readers can win a vinyl copy of Rick Ross’ ninth studio album Rather You Than Me.


To enter simply:

  • Follow @HennCrediblyDope on Instagram
  • Tag two friends under any recent Instagram pic.
  • Leave a comment down below.

All entries must be in by Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00pm. Giveaway winner will be announced Friday, June 2, 2017.

Thanks in advance for your participation and stay tuned for next month’s giveaway. May the odds ever be in your favor and remember to always…

Stay True, Stay Postive


13 thoughts on “As The Vinyl Turns

  1. Overtown is familiar to me because my mom always told me to avoid it like the plague. lol Your grandmother sounds like an incredible woman.

    *Prays I win this giveaway tho*


  2. Absolutely love this giveaway idea. Funny because I have thoughts of wanting to be a DJ sometimes but never know how or where to begin . This is really cool


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