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Music I listen to by myself

Last Sunday, I went on a return trip to RadioShack, to track down the correct size of adapter for a Bose portable CD player I received many years ago. The laser on the CD player on the "ghettoblaster" boombox has gone out of focus, so the only other method I had for playing CDs was to hook up the external CD drive to my computer and then run an audio cable from the computer to the boombox, thus tethering the computer in place. I am so glad to have a functional CD player system again, plus my CD collection, out of the storage pod.

Theoretically, I could also just save all of my music to my hard drive, but stuff gets lost that way because I just don't think in filenames, and there's a bunch of junk mixed in with the music files I actually want to listen to. Encountering the music physically as I flip through the stacks of CDs brings up a separate set of memories. Albums really are a correct unit for music.

I would say that well over half of this CD collection consists of stuff I only listen to by myself. In groups or even just with S, I let other people dominate the music selection. Some of it is stuff that dates back to high school - the old Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco albums, for instance, but also the soundtrack to Pi and American Beauty, and a lot of the classical piano music (I didn't keep the Alanis Morisette album, however, heh). I haven't listened to Tori Amos or Ani DiFranco in years (over a decade?), but lately I keep thinking of the very first DiFranco album, especially the sentiments about being a stranger in a new city. But a portion of my collection is newer as well - it was wonderful to be introduced to Laura Veirs and Neko Case by friends during graduate school. Finding the right sort of marimba music, too, has taken a considerable amount of effort (so happy to have discovered Casey Cangelosi on the InterTube!), and I only recently bought two George Winston albums because it's good music when trying to write because of its earnestness (and lack of words).

I also come back repeatedly to certain ambient sounds, like the Sounds and Songs of the Humpback Whales, and Paul Horn's original Inside the Taj Mahal, as they bring a sense of peace. Those, plus that one album of Beethoven Piano Sonatas (played by Ekaterina Murina), are on my Desert Island list.

When I have to do a lot of emotional processing, I really, really miss having a piano to play.


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Mar. 28th, 2015 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm big on CD's, as well. I organize my mp3's in albums.

It's interesting that you still have a radio shack. I think all of ours got axed.
Mar. 28th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
I guess my mp3's were kind of automatically organized by album, back when I was using iTunes...but I haven't gone back through all of them (overwhelming project!) to sort things out.

And yes, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the RadioShack, too. I was not looking forward to trying to order the adapter or get it from other suggested retailers. While over half of the store was devoted to cell phone accessories, they still had some real electronics stuff in the back.
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