I guess I’m what you call a nerd. I played sports as a kid but never really excelled. I went through a comic book stage, a sports card stage, a D&D stage (twice) and I play video games (badly). One thing I’ve always enjoyed is buying and listening to music. Most people reading this are probably thinking…wtf? Who enjoys BUYING music? Shits for free all over the internets! Well, I also dabbled in the fine arts of downloading massive amounts of mp3 & flac for a decade plus and I must say it was a very important period of my music edumaction. But so what?
I went through an introspective stage of my music appreciation, thinking while the age of pirated mp3s and 40 cent ear buds has helped me to become exposed to a plethora of music I never had the means of experiencing before…did it increase or kill my appreciation for music? Kids brag about the thousands of mp3s they have stolen, and so did I, but is amassing terabytes of music allowing you to truly appreciate the music? I came to the conclusion that music was a big part of my life a few years ago and decided for quality over quantity. Inevitably that led me back to how I first used to listen to music decades ago, analog.
Analog don’t come cheap (in money AND time)! Sure you can swing it on a dime by trolling craigslist, flea markets and thrift stores to build a pretty decent setup. But as I came to the realization that life is short and had the good fortune of having the scratch, I’ve been able to build an analog setup I’m very happy with and stocked my shelves with some pretty amazing sounding LPs. And now as I embark on building my last music collection (that’s music collection number 5 by the way…cassette tapes, vinyl the first time around, CDs, mp3s being the other 4).
Anyways, this is my blog. The reasons I started doing this transcends my love of music…it actually owes more to my love of my wife. I don’t know how long I’ll last doing this, but it seems like a fun idea. Let the good times roll.
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