May 12, 2006

the heartbreak of lost music

A few nights ago I again slipped into a foul mood when I was unable to find a barrage of compact discs that have been missing from my collection for awhile now. When I moved back into my dad's house from the garage in Glendale, I was focused just on getting everything into boxes and I didn't check every CD case to verify its contents. I assumed that some were empty, or had the wrong disc inserted. It was a crazy time, back then, and I never presumed any real damage would be done.

Also, at the time I was driving my much beloved 1983 Honda Civic into the ground. It wasn't only dirty on the outside, but the interior was filthy as well. Lots of mail and papers and caseless CDs littered the front passenger seat. When I finally had moved on enough to give the Honda to charity (i.e., when I was able to get back my pink slip from some company), I cleaned the Honda of its many contents... including a number of CDs.

The problem is that now I cannot locate any of those discs. I've looked high and low in my father's garage. I have a number of boxes stacked up 10-feet high, full of crap that I really need to sort through and toss, and somewhere in that whole mess those CDs must exist.

Last Christmas I spent days loading in the majority of my music collection into my iMac, and I always intended to locate some of those missing discs to get them loaded as well. I find myself now really bothered by the fact that they're missing. These discs include At Last! by Etta James, Lounge-a-Palooza containing tracks from The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds Five, PJ Harvey, Pizzicato Five, Cassandra Wilson and Steve & Eydie, True Love Waits: O'Riley Plays Radiohead, The X-Files: Fight The Future soundtrack, and the Ultra-Lounge Leopard Skin Fuzzy Sampler disc.

Sighhhhhh. I'm sure there are a number of discs that I've forgotten to list. I went to the iTunes Music Store, and while they have some, and not all of the discs, I'm still too cheap to feel good about re-purchasing music that might just be laying around in a box somewhere. Something I also need to figure out is the condition of these discs. Some of the CDs I've come across are unplayable or will not load onto my computer. The soundtrack to The Life Aquatic is among them, as is my ancient copy of Madonna's Like a Prayer album (which I purchased on the date of its release back in 1989).

Maybe someday I'll get a little less frugal and just pickup all of these discs, yet again. But right now I'm just going to sit and stir in my own disappointment... That is, unless any of my friends out there have copies of the above titles they wish to lend me.


posted by julie at May 12, 2006 12:51 PM

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so said: erik at May 13, 2006 09:32 AM



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