I couldn't help but gawk at the little fortune I used to spend on CDs. Double CDs, special editions, bonus editions, imports (my favourite obscure section at HMV & Tower Records in their good days). How many remixes of Mariah's "Always Be My Baby" did I really need? Apparently I couldn't live with just the one CD single! €22.99 for an album. I couldn't wait for it to get off the charts & finally go on Sale, apparently. This was even before anyone ever heard of Napster & the likes. If you wanted music, you had to buy the whole friggin album. Which is what amused me when I was busy ripping them onto my iPod; 1 double CD: 3 friggin tracks I actually liked! Thank you mp3s! Where were you when I was a skint undergrad living on expensive music and grilled cheese?
But to me, music has always been and will always be as essential as breathing. I call it "The Soundtrack of My Life." How often do you hear even the first few bars of a song and instantly remember exactly where you were, who you were with and what you were doing? Be it good or bad, music is bound to invoke some smidgen of emotion even in the steeliest of hearts.
I always had this habit of signing my name onto the CDs and their cover sleeves, with the date & city I bought them from. Now how are we supposed to remember where we were when we purchased that mp3 for $0.99?
That's where I was this evening. Teleported to the good ol' 90s, which ,some may argue, was not such a stand-out era, particularly in terms of fashion. We can identify iconic fashion from the 60s, 70s and 80s; but the 90s?
My collection did transcend into the millenium where early on music was good too. I'd have to shamelessly admit that I was heavily into R&B, almost excusively, with maybe the odd Radiohead and Nirvana albums for those dreary Irish emo days. Actually my go-to angst album would be Alanis' "Jagged Little Pill". Well, isn't that ironic? ......(I couldn't help it!)
It's sad to think that all the joys of heading out to the record store, to sift through rows and rows of CDs, sampling entire albums, one after another at the listening posts, then forking out your hard-earned 20 bucks, has now been reduced to the magical experience of clicking "buy" at your desk or phone. The thrill only lasts 5 seconds, depending on your connection, of course.
Sure, we save a lot of space now. Physical space. No CD tower. No dust. Do Case Logics even exist anymore?
But the music is still for keeps.
....Until you update your iTunes, then anything's a surprise!