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Falling In Love With Music All Over Again

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I go through phases where I just really don’t want to hear music.  Conversely I go through times where I can’t get enough of it.  As some of you faithful readers may know, I have been selling off a large portion of my CD collection.  “Why?” you may ask?  Mainly because most of the stuff was just sitting there taking up space.  I tend to move a lot.  I’ve been here in Austin for 3 years and just moved into my 4th place.  Moving all those boxes gets to be a bit laboring!  haha.

I did a purge around 2000/2001 and got rid of about 200-250.  This time I plan on getting rid of about 1000.  Many I kept simply for nostalgic reasons.  “I loved this album.  I’ve had this CD forever.”  etc etc.  Sure it made for nice conversation when folks would come and peruse the collection, but really, who gives a shit?  I will be keeping some sentimental faves, around 600 of them…Iron Maiden, some Stones, Triumph, Warlord, WASP…the albums that really matter to me.  They’ll also be on the iPod.

As I’ve been going through this selling process, I’ve been converting many of them to MP3 format.  Last week I bought the 160gb iPod.  For years I said I’d never get one.  “Screw those things!  I love my CDs!”  Now, and it hasn’t even been a full week of ownership, I love this thing.  Right now I just have it loaded with the stuff that I have pulled out of the collection and sold, much of which isn’t even my favorite stuff from the collection.

I just put it on shuffle and let it go.  It’s nice.  There are a few times when I have to grab the iPod and look at who’s playing as it’s something that I don’t recognize.  “Wow.  I forgot all about this song!”  It’s been nice revisiting much of the stuff that just collected dust over the years.  Conversely, there are many CDs that I am not bothering to convert.  I mean I really don’t need to hear Defiance’s Void Terra Firma ever again.  I never really liked it but kept it and their others just to be a completest.  Completest no more!

I did add some stuff like Triumph’s Thunder Seven (my least fave of theirs) and heard a few tracks coming and going San Antonio last weekend and thought, “Wow, this was a good album after all!”  This morning on my way to work I heard Toy Matinee’s Ballad of Jenny Ledge and it just gave me that warm comfortable feeling that music can often give me.  It’s just got me back in the music mood again and I love it.

On top of that add in that my main band is playing out again and last week’s show was great and I think we picked up a lot of new fans.  Life is good…and thanks to music it gets better.

For as much smack as I talked about iPods over the years, I now want to thank them for renewing something in me that was always there.

I had a great conversation with a friend about this over a sushi dinner on Sunday and we both came to the same conclusion…Music is life and life is music.  Amen, sister.  Amen.

Music is and always has been my one true love.

Carry on.

Written by The Metal Files

April 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

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  1. I had to have an I-Pod when they first appeared. Well, actually I waited a year for the 2nd generation (to make sure all the bugs were worked out).

    It was a 40gb model and has been full since day one. I am still a CD and LP pack rat and have over 5,000 of each. Plus case loads of cassettes even. So I have plenty of material to listen too.

    *Oh and this is not counting several hard drives of original material that I produce as well.

    So yeah, I love I-Pods and always liked to wear them while walking and or riding my bike on the beautiful lake front of Chicago’s Lake Michigan. Now I have a small Shuffle and another 3 generation model.

    There is nothing better than a summer day with the breeze blowing, checking out the amazing sites (i.e. buildings, animals and female bikers and roller bladers etc.) and jamming on good tunes on the pod.

    I absolutely DETEST the shuffle or random mode though!

    Glad you are inspired by music again. I know that’s a great feeling.

    When I played drums full time, those DCI drum videos would def. inspire me. Man, when I got to see Terry Bozzio or Dave Weckl jam then I would be inspired so much that I would not even make it all the way through the video tape and go hop on the kit and play for hours.

    Your mileage may vary.

    Rock On!



    April 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  2. I finally have a Mp3player and I love it! It was was built into my $89 dollar samsung 350 that I recently bought when my 7 year old phone finally died and upgraded with a $12 dollar 2GB mini sd. Best twelve bucks I ever spent.


    April 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  3. Nicely put. I still have the “original” little ipod, whatever it is called… the basic thing. The shuffle aspect is the real deal… just think of all the “handling” of CD’s we have to go through just to “sample” songs and this shuffle technology is instantaneous!


    April 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

  4. this has nothing to do with the post but I put this up on my blog for you to check out since I know you’re a rickenbacker nut.


    April 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

  5. Bite me. How DARE you get Sushi. I miss Ellll Laaayyy!!! Btw, I know how you feel. Music ignites emotion and sometimes you’re drained and don’t want to listen. Me gets it. Great blogging, you blogger. Love, Nee

    Renee Roland

    April 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

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