I own some CDs I haven’t heard in over 11 years. As I’m packing up everything to move, I’m not doing a decisively thorough cut of my collections. If that means moving an additional box of CDs I’ll later sell/donate, that’s fine. I’m just doing a preliminary sort at this time. But as I put away this particular box of CDs, the question came to mind: when will I next listen to all of these CDs?
They’ll all stay boxed up until I’ve heard them again.
During my 20s when I bought a majority of these CDs, I didn’t care if I listened to them all or not. Some were so cheap they were nearly free. Now that I’m in my 30s, a little more financially responsible, and am deciding the flexibility of space is more important than excessive materialism, I’ve nearly completely stopped buying anything except that which I really need – groceries, not music – or those things that I know will really enrich my life – including music.
Let’s say some of these CDs stay boxed up.
Let’s also say I stay at my next place for more than a few months. This is stating the obvious, but leaving any disinteresting CDs in eye-sore boxes creates a layer of abstraction where I won’t be as attached to them and thus can be more likely to part with them. While I’m much less likely to sell a signed CD, if I only listen to a particular album once every 11 years and can sell it for a decent price, why not? There’s no incentive in owning a comprehensive CD collection.
My collection(s) will now focus on curating my absolute favorites.
For years, it’s been easier for me to listen to some CDs online. To either find the CD, or to have a place to facilitate listening to the CD at home, was more cumbersome than it was worth, so I’d just find it on a streaming site and listen to it there. While there are certain advantages to this, I do still like the format. I developed my musical taste through listening to CDs, some have cherishable memories, and I like that every CD is both uniformly generic and uniquely different.
Not many of the 68-some CDs in this box are quite like the others.
Even with the broadest of comparisons, while two Melt-Banana may sound similar to each other, they won’t sound anything like GWAR or Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. Until I whittle away my CD collection completely, I’ll still enjoy picking up a particular CD, looking over the artwork, roughly know what I’m getting myself into, and jump in. Now some of these experiences might only be relevant once every 11 years.
Hopefully, as I comb through my collection, there won’t be as many of those.
I have a batch of CDs I’ll listen to monthly while writing, but other than that, I still want to have a constantly-rotating batch of sounds going through my ears.
Maybe that’ll change in the next 1 to 11 years?
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: I’ve decided that I’m going to write as I catalog and move my CDs. With an estimated 10+ boxes remaining, as long as I’m not gratuitously bragging about anything and instead focused on trying to discover some new idea, it should make for acceptable content.|
|Related: Other Moving Zeal essays.
— CD essays:
1. Albums: Move, Sell?
2. Luxury of Ownership
3. “Close Enough” Lumpings
4. Last Heard: Pre-Cataloging
|Photos: Box #6 with CDs by the aforementioned musicians displayed somewhat prominently.|
|Written On: December 2nd [27 minutes] – Introductory paragraphs usually take less than 5 minutes to write once I have the idea in place.|
|Last Edited: December 2nd [5 minutes] – Just a quick second and final pass through. I don’t think the transition to discussing my listening habits was that effective, but I think it’s a necessary component to explain why I still listen to CDs: it’s not a purely aesthetic thing.|