Cleaning anything out is going to trigger memories. That’s just a straight-up fact, whether those memories are good, bad, or make you ask yourself what on earth you were thinking when you bought that thing.
About two weeks ago I decided to take a deep breath and deal with the monster hiding under my bed…three big bins of CD’s. Yes, the 90’s and early 2000’s called and want their CD’s back, but I personally love having a tangible album. Now that everything is downloaded, streamed and virtual, we have lost what it’s like to have an album in our hands and look through the booklet of art as we listen to its disc. I just don’t feel that instant gratification by simply buying a song off of iTunes. I feel as though I am missing out on so much more.
My music obsession is something I get from my father. We both love it. He is the real reason why I have all these CD’s in the first place. When iTunes came along, my mom and I began a long journey of burning each of his albums into iTunes, but we ended up losing track of where we had left off real quick. We were going through some renovations in our living room at the time and had to remove the shelves these albums sat on, so we ended up storing the albums in bins and told ourselves we would return to this project as soon as our living room was finished. That day never came.
Ever heard of the saying “out of sight, out of mind” ? That’s exactly what happened when we moved these bins under my bed.
My mom is not very into music. She can listen to the radio, hear a song she absolutely loves, yet not really care about finding out who the artist is. WHAT THE HELL MAN.
While she forgot all about the CD’s, I forgot all about iTunes. I kept the CD’s in my room and started listening to them randomly with my golden CD player. I KNOW THE EARLY 2000’s CALLED AND WANT THEIR CD PLAYER BACK, BUT I LOVE IT OKAY??
I have been on a Silverchair craze this whole month and put their album, “Frogstomp” in my CD player. From there, I dug up the bins from under my bed and got to work. It took me 2 days to organize all the albums. I wanted them alphabetized by artist and album title, but I also wanted the third bin to be dedicated to just the Spanish and Country albums. That was my goal until I realized we had more rock albums than I thought. The third bin is mainly Spanish and country, but some rock albums had to go in there because not everything fit!
I came across some old favorites and wanted to show you guys them.
System Of A Down – Toxicity
I hear from many people that they listened to this album nonstop when it first came out in 2001. Everyone who said this also mentioned that they were in college at the time. Trust me, people who are in college even now, are still listening to this album non-stop.
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Oh yeah, this is the deluxe edition! I love the art that truly went into this album. It is one of the best masterpieces of 1995. My father bought it at a CD store and it still plays as good as new without any scratches.
My Silverchair craze….I just bought their album “Freakshow” but it is in my car and I am too lazy to get it and photograph it. I am missing their album, “Diorama” and “Young Modern” but one day I’ll have them all. None of their albums sound the same. By the time you hear “Young Modern”, you have the hardest time believing it’s the same angry band you heard when “Frogstomp” came out.
I also attended River City Rockfest this past Saturday, and while Stone Temple Pilots do not have their original frontman (RIP Scott Weiland) they still managed to amaze me. I really never thought I would enjoy them so much with Scott gone, but I did. They played a lot of songs from these two albums.
Lastly, I have The Cure’s “Join The Dots” which ranges everything from 1978-2001. It has four CD’s in it and in the center there is a booklet with commentary and photos of the band. My father has ALL of their albums. Just thinking from the top of my head, we have all albums of The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Tori Amos, and PJ Harvey.
I can go on and on about my hidden gems, but then this blog would never end! Do you still have CD’s? Let me know and stay stylish!