Spring Cleaning Treasure

As is the case for many posts on this blog, the inspiration came from housecleaning or upkeep of some sort. This time spring cleaning the basement is the culprit.

While moving stacks of storage totes so the broom could reach between spaces on the floor, a stack of several special purpose, flat totes came into view. I knew they were there all along, but I had mentally forgotten them. Perhaps you could say some sort of psychological denial or mental block kept me from seeing them for the past decade or so. That is one of the hazards of storing overflow belongings in basements.

In this instance, I rediscovered three “Sterilite” flat totes filled with compact discs. There are over 100 CDs per tote. In addition to these, are three more totes manufactured by another company. I guesstimate each of them 50 or 60 CDs. So, all together there are a minimum of maybe 500 compact discs in the basement. I decided to carry one of the “Sterilite” totes upstairs in order to sort through part of the stash.

The box contained a few of the first discs I bought back in late 1983. (The CD format made its public debut in Japan in October of 1982.) The tote’s stash include a sound effects CD, a collection of Beethoven sonatas, and Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” album. The collection grew geometrically for a couple of years to include CD versions of vinyl LP albums in my library. Eventually, totes were needed to store the music that I got tired of or didn’t get played in rotation very often. My CD buying habit didn’t taper off until after 2005 or thereabouts. I believe the last music CD I purchased was in 2016 when our town’s last music and book seller went out of business.

The job now is to sort through the stacks and determine which CDs still strike my fancy. Of those, which ones will remain upstairs to go into rotation for regular listening? My music tastes are highly eclectic. Of note, there are very, very few mainstream recordings in the totes. The lion’s share are electronica, New Age, “World Music”, conventional classical, plus contemporary jazz. There are a few dozen Big Band/Swing CD’s I purchased for the Big Band show I hosted on WJAG-AM back in the day.

The rejects will be donated to a thrift store. I’ll find a buyer for the rest of the culled discs. The point is to liquidate, liquidate, liquidate. Until then, I’ll keep a flat tote near the stereo and play CDs again. The “Bellydance Superstars” is next in rotation.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes musician, singer, songwriter, Johnny Marr. “You can grow up without having to conform, stop going to shows, stop having a record collection, start being politically iffy.” 

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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4 Responses to Spring Cleaning Treasure

  1. Alien Resort says:

    I won a free CD once on a 7-11 Big Gulp peel-off sticker. I spent 3 hours at the mall CD store and looked at every CD. I chose a two-disc sound effects CD. Autobahn would have been a good choice too.

  2. Morning. How do you listen to music these days? — streaming services? CDs? Radio? A combination of ways?

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