I deleted a large chunk of my music collection last night. On purpose.
What?!?, I hear you scream. How could you?!?, I hear you yell.
(Well, I don’t. But humour me).
Don’t worry, dearest reader. This blog will still live, and my passion for music continues. Over the last few weeks I’ve been watching my music collection grow, and discovering new music from all sides. But I’ve also been, on occasion, browsing sadly through my music collection. Why? Because I started to notice that every time I was putting albums on my MP3 player, I’d forget about two or three I really wanted to include. Because I would get so overwhelmed with the sheer number of songs, I’d load up my littler MP3 player with my old favourites, and yet regret not having Two Gallants or Griffin House or Joshua James on there….
And the epiphany hit – I had too much music. Correction, I had too much music I would never listen to. My hard disk was full of albums I got some time ago, back in the ether, where I liked one song from an album, but no others. Or where I had collected genres, not artists. And so last night, I bit the bullet. The Movielife? Deleted. Thrice? Deleted. Zwan, Thursday, Lo Pro? Deleted, deleted, deleted. I did mark some albums for reinclusion at some stage – the aforementioned Thursday do deserve another go some day. But today, I have a more streamlined music collection (still a couple of thousand albums, though), and a feeling like a weight has lifted. I’ll still probably forget to put Red Panda on my MP3 player, but at least now there’s a lower chance of it happening.
But I still have one fear – how do I keep up with the artists I love? I have a lot of artists from whom I have every album, and many more from whom I have one or two albums which I think I could learn to love. How do I track what I love most? And how do I keep up with releases and music from the newbies in my collection?
And they say music is enjoyable….