All our money is in CDs
This column is about one of my generation’s biggest investments in time, money and pure pleasure — music.
Through good times and bad — heartbreak to happiness — music has been the unifying soundtrack of our lives.
Music has excited, driven, guided, relaxed, consoled, troubled and inspired us.
Unfortunately, it has also contributed to some partial hearing loss for both my wife and me.
Such is our lot in life as “boomers.” We’ve heard (and lived) such an incredible diversity of music — witnessed the birth of rock ‘n roll — heard jazz morph into fusion — and seen country come of age — or depending on your point of view, gone straight to he-double-hockey-sticks.
The trouble is, we have tuned in, turned on and cranked the volume a little too loud from time to time. That is catching up with us, now — as well as the need for more space for our ever-growing music collections.
I recently came to grips with this problem when it was time to return the tub of Christmas CDs to the basement, as part of their annual migration. I also decided to relocate our collection of music and movie DVDs to the basement.
We don’t view them very much these days, because there is always something new “streaming” into our consciousness.
Yes, the new source for music to movies — and everything in between — is the Internet. And that is reflected in our music collection down in the basement — that is sadly collecting dust.
We have nearly 50 Beatles CDs filling one complete tub, yet our tub of country CD’s has plenty of room-to-spare— and we have listened almost exclusively to that genre for more than a decade.
Why so few country CDs? The answer is simple — most of our country music has been downloaded directly to the iTunes library on our Mac. Through Apple TV, we can stream any or all of those tunes whenever we want.
The same goes for movies. Instead of waiting for now-defunct Blockbuster to eventually mail the least favorite movie in our queue, we can stream movies on demand from Netflix, Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and more.
At our disposal is everything from Abba to ZZ-Top — and as “heady” as Aron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring” — which I am streaming right now as I struggle to write through our frigid Appalachian winter.
Later I’ll switch to George Winston’s, “Winter,” which is delightful. But I digress.
The looming question is, “What can we do with all of those priceless CDs and preserve our investment of thousands of dollars? — Albeit, at just $9.99 a crack.
We’re sitting on thousands of dollars of music that my son tells me you can now stream for free on YouTube.
One possible liquidation option is eBay. I just searched “Complete Beatles collection on CD” on eBay and found “All 11 Beatles studio albums on 12 CDs going for more than $65 with four days still left.
I guess that’s a good start. If I thin out a fed CDs and DVDs each month I can pay for my new-to-me BMW motorcycle, which not-surprisingly comes with Sirius satellite radio.
That’s music to my ears.