A new generation has discovered a passion for collecting old vinyl records. You would think that because the sound is old and crackly, it would be less appealing than the perfection of digital recording.
So why have annual sales of vinyl records surpassed the annual sales of digital CDs (not streaming, but I'll save that for another day)? Maybe it's because the perfection of performance is not what people truly desire. Maybe it's because an imperfect, flawed but authentic performance is what connects on a deeper level.
In all of our efforts to put on a performance to "wow" others, hiding our "crackly" imperfections will ultimately become a barrier to connecting with others in deep and meaningful ways.
Slick and shiny may impress but it never lasts.