I have too much music. The question is: just what am I going to listen to today?
Since I was 19 or so, I have bought probably 2 albums per week, sometimes more. Recently, with my Emusic subscription and the keen prices of 7digital et al, it may even work out at more than that. Since the reason I buy it in the first place is to listen to it, the question arises every day: What am I going to listen to?It doesn’t help that I feel somehow guilty if I listen to album A more than album B, and since I tend to play all my music through iTunes these days I know exactly when album B is getting played more than A. Sometimes this is because B is more catchy, or less arty or whatever. Sometimes it’s because B is newer. Sometimes it’s because B is more obvious and i am more likely to think to play B than A, even if A is the album that is going to stay with me for years – sometimes albums need more work to worm their way into your mind.
This month ‘Wilco [the album]‘ by Wilco would have got played a lot more if I hadn’t started listening to Kent again (see previous posts). It has got to the stage where I have made a playlist of albums I think I may have passed over, and thanks to the magic of iTunes, once they have been played 10 times they disappear from the playlist. All I have to do is remember to play that playlist.
Surely, this is a sign I have bought far, far, too much music?