This getting rid of most of my CD:s business is way harder than I thought.
I have started. I did a first cut. And a second.
(Why am I showing yout this? I don’t even want to see this myself.)
Explanation: CD:s placed horizontally are the ones I’m getting rid of. While I’ve made some definite progress using the following mantra: Will I ever pick this recod out to play it in the car? Yes > keep, No > throw.
Number of records I’m keeping: far larger number than I care to count.
Let’s distract ourselves with my tiny vinyl collection instead. It’s been kept under excellent control, making decluttering a piece of cake.
Really. If I made any sense, I’d get rid of the lot; my record player has been in storage for years. But one simply does not throw out:
Did you know Sisters of Mercy’s First and last and always actually has a better sound on vinyl than any other format? Yea. That’s just an attempt at an excuse. I have literally no excuses. I just really like it. Throwing it out would be blasphemy. (I have my own religion, OK?) In short, I ♥ First and last and always. And you should too.
If you haven’t already, give the title track a listen. You won’t regret it! Promise!
Ach Andrew Eldrich. Such a lovely voice.
Similarly, if you listen to Janis Joplin and own Janis vinyls and you don’t just get rid of them. You just don’t. In addition, this one is actually my mum’s, so you know, permanent fixture in my life until something truly horrific happens.
Another must have, Bruce, you don’t throw Bruce out:
In general, I don’t listen to Neil Young, Harvest is the one exception, and I love it.
The next one was one of the very first albums I ever owned/stole from parents/listened to, plus, I just really like this artwork. And I do still like the record. It’s a keeper.
Coincidentally, Marie Fredriksson is also featured on this lovely covers records, which otherwise reads as the Swedish 80s rock elite sing songs by folk singer Cornelis Vreesvijk, which probably sounds awful but it is truly brilliant. Also a steal from my parents; wouldn’t feel right to throw it out.
…I might be keeping this next Echo and the Bunnymen record on account of the fact that the cover is by Anton Corbijn. And I like it. As good a reason as any?
Speaking of which, artwork is the only reason I’m keeping this record by The Churches. I can’t even remember a single song on it. But I love the cover.
Obviously, you need your AC/DC Highway to Hell on vinyl, keeping.
And it makes absolutely no difference that I probably haven’t listened to these Hole 7″s since I was in my 20s. Never throwing out. You’ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.
So there you have it. A study in unreasonable.
I did also get rid of a bunch. What I’ve got left is just a few stray copies, completely manageable. Even if makes no sense to keep a format I’m not actively using.
Did I mention that I fail at minimalism?