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« on: July 30, 2021, 10:33:07 am »

Have you got so much recorded music on your shelves or computer that you can never envisage listening to even a small percentage of it ever again? I certainly have, but there is a strange comfort in knowing that it is there to be played at least in theory. A problem I find is deciding what to listen to, the choice is too overwhelming - I scan the discs, mainstream or obscure, and then revert to something familiar...

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 11:24:19 am »

Have you got so much recorded music on your shelves or computer that you can never envisage listening to even a small percentage of it ever again? I certainly have, but there is a strange comfort in knowing that it is there to be played at least in theory. A problem I find is deciding what to listen to, the choice is too overwhelming - I scan the discs, mainstream or obscure, and then revert to something familiar...

 Roll Eyes

...must try harder.


You describe my situation exactly and I suspect it's not an uncommon one amongst our confrères.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2021, 11:36:15 am »

Have you got so much recorded music on your shelves or computer that you can never envisage listening to even a small percentage of it ever again? I certainly have, but there is a strange comfort in knowing that it is there to be played at least in theory. A problem I find is deciding what to listen to, the choice is too overwhelming - I scan the discs, mainstream or obscure, and then revert to something familiar...

 Roll Eyes

...must try harder.


You describe my situation exactly and I suspect it's not an uncommon one amongst our confrères.

Oh, for the days when an evening at the Crystal Palace, St James' Hall or the Covent Garden Proms was your sole musical delight (other than Auntie Alice's attempts at Rustle of Spring on the pianoforte)...



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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2021, 07:10:26 am »

Me, too, and occasionally I tell myself it is ridiculous, but that never stops me the next time I hear something that I am convinced I will listen to again and MUST have in readiness. It doesn't hurt anybody, keeps me happy whether I do actually listen to them again or not. I especially treasure the very obscure findings, though even those I forget to listen to again. But when I do go back I am usually glad I did and had it at hand, but I, too always find myself most satisfied with the master composers' works. At least with YouTube, SoundCloud and all the other sites it doesn't cost as much as it used to to "be me". I could have bought a house, I think, with all the money I spent on CDs and records, cassettes, et al. only to ultimately donate them to the local university's music library. I hope some young music student there is as crazy as me and has a good obsessive time with the music like I did.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2021, 11:03:30 am »

only to ultimately donate them to the local university's music library. I hope some young music student there is as crazy as me and has a good obsessive time with the music like I did.

Wonderful sentiments. I'm sure good use will have been made of your generosity.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 06:33:34 pm »

I have to struggle with that everyday too. I like to balance known repertoire (or works I have listened to already which I've enjoyed so much) with new discoveries. Even though I'm more attracted to the works I know, the temptation of new works to be discovered is always present. But at the end of the day, the important thing is that you enjoy what you're listening to at the moment.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2021, 06:56:20 pm »

at the end of the day, the important thing is that you enjoy what you're listening to at the moment.

How true!

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2021, 08:00:27 pm »

I had that thought also... with the family and busy work schedule.....  I try to listen when I can esp. in the office and traveling.   
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2021, 09:49:47 pm »

I had that thought also... with the family and busy work schedule.....  I try to listen when I can esp. in the office and traveling.   

I'm not wishing to discourage you but I have been retired for nearly fifteen years, never travel anywhere, yet still have the same problem! Huh
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