Friday, November 7, 2008

A Few Things The "Downloading Revolution" Has Destroyed

Album art and liner notes.

The smell of new music.

Spending/ investing many (wonderful) hours at independent brick and mortar music shops, simply browsing.

Rolling, ahem, cigarettes, ahem, on gatefold sleeves.

Scrounging for milk crates, most often behind convenience stores, to store your albums (LP's).

Organizing your albums alphabetically, chronologically, by genre, whatever.

Buying new albums based solely on artwork or band name and, occasionally, finding a real treasure.

The experience and excitement of searching for months (or years!), and finally finding that rare CD or LP.

Trading in old albums you no longer listen to for something new.

Bragging rights on the size and diversity of your collection.

7 comments:

Brave Sir Robin said...

How about making mixed tapes, and the hours of enjoyment that brought! Actually listening to the songs while recording! Keeping your finger on the pause button, ready to react when the last note of the song was played!!! Haha, good times!

Any major dude with half a heart said...

"Organizing your albums alphabetically, chronologically, by genre, whatever."

Oh, I organise my MP3 collection. Tagging, special folders, the works.

But the other points are well made, as is brave sir robin's.

Uncle E said...

You're both correct, but Dude, organizing your collection with a mouse click as compared to physically taking a day...well, it's not just the same. My god, I even went so far once to sort not just chronologically but by spine color! Sheesh...

Any major dude with half a heart said...

Ha, that is obsessive. And objectionable. I hated having a cluster of spines of the same colour. Made it look like I had a bloody box set in my collection.

Tell you what I don't miss: Having to put LPs back where they belong, in their correct place. So they'd pile up, undoing my system (by genre, then alphabetically).

Uncle E said...

I didn't like that either, Dude. And yes the organizing by spine colour didn't last too long, probably as soon as I came down from whatever buzz I was on at the time.

Erin said...

Songwriters have ben robbed of a lovely, lyrical word:

"stereo"

It sings beautifully and rhymes with all sorts of other pretty words, unlike this clunker: iPod

Why don't the geniuses who name new products consider these things?

Holly A Hughes said...

Organizing by spine color -- why didn't I think of that?

How about having to kneel down next to your stereo so you could set the needle down just perfectly between tracks? I had that skill honed so perfectly -- and now it's useless! Of course, I only honed that skill because I was so bad at the other vinyl skill -- having enough patience to listen to an entire album all the way through.