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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.

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April 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

More CDs for sale

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March 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

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Selling part of my CD collection

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I’ve been waffling on this idea for a few years now but have taken the decision to sell about half of my CDs, 700 or so.  While I like everything in my collection, so little of it gets listened to regularly so I will digitize and sell them off.

Certain things will stay like Iron Maiden, original pressings of Fates Warning’s Arch era.  Tons to let go though.

Here’s the full list.

It’ll be interesting to see what stays and what goes…what I can and can’t live without.

Here’s where you can see them once they’re listed.

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February 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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More rare concert shirts!

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Check em out here!

Iron Maiden, Saxon, Rush, Jefferson Starship, Triumph, Watchtower, SA Slayer, Wyzard, Warlock (texas), Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Raven, Rainbow, Blackfoot, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Queensryche, Journey.

More concert shirts for sale

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Rush, Frank Marino, Triumph, April Wine, AC/DC, Santana.  More to come in a few days.

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January 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Rare Vintage Concert Shirts For Sale

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I’m selling off a collection of vintage primarily hard rock and metal concert shirts.  Please take a look at them here. If you’re a collector, there are some real gems up for sale now and more to come.  It pains me a little to sell these off even though they’re not mine.  Lots of history here.  If I was a small, I’d buy them for myself.

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December 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Pat Travers – Putting It Straight

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When I was still collecting vinyl, Iron Maiden was my #1 interest.  As you probably know they released a ton of stuff and I had a good selection of itPUTTING thanks to Unicorn Records, Skinnies Records, Electric Smiles, Fantasy, eBay and trading through some pen pal type things from the backs of magazines.  Oddly enough there were never any problems with the traders.  I never got ripped off once.  Honest lot those metalheads!  As a subset to collecting Maiden stuff, I also was trying to collect everything that Nicko McBrain had played on.  Not an easy task as there were some pretty obscure British things out there.

So my former supervisor and I were good friends and he told me about his record collection that had been sitting in his closet for 15 years.  Knowing Mark like I did, I knew these were in near perfect condition.  The guy was meticulous about everything.  So I randomly stopped by Mark’s house one day (1993ish?)  when I was in the neighborhood and we were just hanging out and catching up a bit as we hadn’t seen each other in a while.  After a while I asked if he still had his records.  He said he still had them and wanted to sell them.  I wasn’t in the market to buy the collection but I surely wanted to peruse his crates.  So he pulls out these 3 huge crates of records and I start flipping through one by one.  Tons of 70s rock. You know, BOC, Zeppelin, Stones, Bob Seeger, Poco, America, etc etc.  Nothing too obscure and surely nothing that a record collector would have paid more than 3-4 dollars each for.

There near the end of perusal, there it was.  It was one of those heavenly “ahhhhhh” moments where it seemed like the clouds parted and the sun shone down on this box of records.  Pat Travers’ Putting It Straight with Nicko on drums!  Mark still claims to this day that I was shaking when I was holding it.  I don’t doubt that I was.  I was pretty excited.  I said, “How much?”  He responded, “Not for sale.”  What a douche!  But he did tell me to take it with me until I found my own copy.  It was in pristine shape.  PERFECT even.  Shortly thereafter I found another vinyl copy at Skinnies and a year or 2 later he had the original and rare Jap pressing of the CD which I also bought.

I adore this album.  It’s got Nicko’s signature drum licks written all over it.  My favorites are Life In London, Offbeat Ride, Gettin’ Betta and It Ain’t What It Seems.  The album as a whole is good and I highly recommend it if you’re into 70s hard rock.

Around 1994-1995 Pat came to town to play Wicker’s in Portsmouth, VA.  I did my usual “show-up-to-the-gig-super-early” routine to hopefully meet the band.  I lucked out as they were all inside getting ready to eat.  I walked up to Pat and asked him to sign a few things for me and he was really cool.  He signed my vinyl copy of this album and my CD cover.  I asked him to talk about how it was to play with Nicko and he didn’t have many nice things to say.  “Good drummer but a complete asshole after that whole Iron Maiden thing.”  Apparently after Nicko joined Maiden, he landed his helicopter in Pat’s yard and bragged about his success.  Who knows?  I wouldn’t be that surprised if it was true.  Not important to me either way.  The guy that was sitting with us while we were talking about Nicko was Aynsley Dunbar.  Of course I didn’t know that at the time.  Had I known he was drumming for Pat, I would have brought my Jefferson Airplane and Journey stuff!

Nicko also played on Makin’ Magic which is also worth tracking down.