Not very many people buy CDs anymore.
Mostly because they’re nearly impossible to unwrap.If you're lucky and can get through the initial plastic in just a few hours, you then have to contend with that surprisingly difficult little sticky label thing on the top edge. That alone can take you another day or so to master.
I used to hire a 6 year old to unwrap mine…but then he wanted me to make him lunch, so that was the end of that.
Now I just download the music onto my computer and then onto my iPod.
I’m not sure where it actually comes from, this ethereal music—possibly another 6 year old— but I know once I get it, Amazon says they’ll also send it up to the clouds for me.
Which is nice of them…I guess.
I’m not sure how that effects the environment, though. I mean, does all my music really belong up in the clouds?
Even my Leo Sayer collection?
It was the late 70’s…not a lot of choices.
They say if my music is in the clouds then I don’t even have to actually install it onto my computer, or other “devices”.
Which is good, because I wouldn’t have the first idea about how to download music onto my weed whacker.
But I admit it would be a nice addition.
I don’t know…I kind of miss having an actual, physical representation of my music collection handy.
You know, something tangible you can show off to your friends.
It was bad enough when CDs replaced vinyl as the medium of choice. What once filled an impressive wall of bookshelves was reduced to barely filling a single, measly cabinet.
Nowadays, how exciting is it to unveil a silly little list on your phone as you gaze up into the clouds and hope that the 6 year olds are paying attention?
I still have all my albums from the 60s and 70s, safely tucked away in a remote corner of my basement, still in the original milk crate storage system I devised during my college shuttle days.
Think of all the snap, crackle and pops, just waiting there to be re-animated.
Of course, I long ago surrendered my turntable to the Smithsonian, so I really have no idea what they actually sound like now, but back then, I could tell you exactly where every hiss and click was on what part of each song.
And when the music sounded like it was originating from under a pillow, all you had to do was remove a hunk of fuzz the size of a golf ball from the needle.
But don’t run your finger over the needle. None of us ever did that, right? You know, just to see if your fingerprints had any kind of special message embedded in them…because believe me, you don’t want to know what that message is.
I have a vivid memory of buying my first album. It was “Meet the Beatles”, which I bought for $2.49 at Woolworth's in 1964. And of course I still have it, somewhere, in the basement, in a milk crate.
I also have it on CD and…yep…up there in that cloud somewhere.
I mean, iPods do make it easier to take your whole collection to the beach…without a small van.
Plus, I suppose some would say it doesn’t matter how it gets into your ears; that it’s just about the music.
And I guess that’s true, for the most part.
But...if that is true...then why have we held onto all those old record albums?
For the liner notes?
No…they just remind us of a simpler time, with simpler choices to make in just about everything we did.
Nowadays, my music originates from some cloudy mist, and I still haven’t found the grooves on my CDs, let alone the needle that plays them.
Can you imagine the size of the dustball that’s been growing in my CD player…since the 80’s?