In the last year I came to terms with all the "illegal" music I have. Being on a college campus 3 years ago meant access to plenty of music I didn't purchase. So slowly I have begun to either delete the music I can do without or purchase the CDs. But this brings up a tension I have. (The fact that this is a "tension," shows how blessed I am to have discretionary money).
I love music and having the CD case with the jacket completes my passion. I have fond teenage memories of buying a CD and going to my room, playing it, and lying on my bed reading every single lyric. Not only is the music a form of art but the images from the jacket add to the artist' creation. Reading the words adds a literary dimension. Everything from who the band thanks, the equipment they use, and the font, gives depth to music.
In an effort to simlify my life I am in conflict with my CD collection. There are a lot of CD's I want to purchase but that means taking up more space in my apartment. I appreicate the simplicity of the digital era but I am just a traditionalist at heart. It would be like getting a digital copy of a book to read on my computer. Sure, the book will be "read." But I don't just read or listen to music for a utilitarian experience of finishing a task. I read and listen to music because it is a passion, not a mundane motion.
To tie this all together there is a lot of music coming out this fall I am looking forward to. My favorite artist and 3 of my favorite bands are all kicking out albums. This is crazy. Why can't they just pace it out over the course of a couple of years. So after a period of famine here is the feast....
Denison Witmer Carry the Weight Nov 11
Cool Hand Luke The Sleeping House Oct 14
Brave Saint Saturn Anti-Meridian Sept 14
The following two are supposedly suppose to release stuff soon
Sleeping at Last