Saturday, July 28, 2012

Piles of Music, Piles of Clothes

I'm doing one of my periodic purges of my CD collection. Whispering my decluttering mantra, ruthless, I'm going through stacks of them, pulling the ones I'm unlikely to want to play again. It's hard to know if I'm right or wrong about that, since I enjoy so many kinds of music. But things seem to go in cycles. I'm keeping a few collections of arias, but I don't envision a return to Italian opera filling my car on long rides. I'm still a big fan of cabaret singing, but a couple of Nancy La Motts and Jane Monheits are enough.

On the other hand, I can never get enough of Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, that large and lovely genre known as late-night jazz, and duos like Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Or, for that matter, Diane Schuur and B.B. King. (Do you suppose Leonard Cohen and B.B. King will ever record together?) I'm keeping all my driving music: classic rock, Lucinda Williams, Latin jazz. I'll never discard anything by Mahler  Prokofiev, or Mozart (within reason), or anything sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. I would have added Kiri Te Kanawa, but I did get rid of a couple of CDs of her French art songs. I don't think I like French art songs sung by anybody

Why did I think I'd like jazz standards sung by Metropolitan Opera stars? I kept buying, thinking the next one would be great. But it wasn't, so they're going. Going where? Good question. Not so long ago, I could count on selling my discards on Amazon or eBay. But people aren't buying CDs like they used to, which is no surprise, and most are selling for peanuts on these sites. So I'm donating my rather large discard pile. Some will go to the library, and some to a thrift shop that benefits the animal shelter.

In the purging process, I've set aside some old favorites I haven't heard in awhile. Maura O'Connell . . .   Linda Ronstadt . . . Judy Collins . . . Jimmy Webb . . . Lizz Wright. (If you don't know Lizz, check her out on YouTube. I recommend Neil Young's "Old Man.")

The biggest pile of all, of course, is the pile of CDs I might or might not ever play again. I'm not inspired to pop any of them in the CD player, but I like them too much to let them go. Alanis Morissette is in this pile. So is Sarah Brightman. Now there's a potential duet pair....

This iffy category is where most of my clothes fall into. Or, more accurately, a version of that category. The clothes come with different issues. Fat/thin issues. ("If I lose 12 pounds I can wear these jeans again.") Gift issues. ("My daughter gave me this sweater, so I'm not getting rid of it.") More fat/thin issues. ("These jeans are too loose, but they'll come in handy if I'm having a fat day.") Lost-and-found issues. ("Oh, wow—I didn't know this box of winter clothes was in the attic. I haven't seen them for at least three years. Now that I've found them, I'm sure I'll start wearing them again next winter.")

I can whisper ruthless till the cows come home, and I'll still end up with more unwearable clothes than any sane person should have. But at least my CD collection is somewhat contained. More or less.


8 comments:

crystal said...

It's hard to get rid of things! :) I do get a good feeling when I weed stuff out, though ... that obsessive-compulsive neatnick part of me.

You have such eclectic tastes in music! I do like Bonnie Raitt. I once posted an old video of her - she looked so young ... http://povcrystal.blogspot.com/2009/11/runaway.html

Susan said...

Love it!! She really does look young--and she was! Young and pretty. Boy, if that look doesn't typify the 1970s. The harmonica guy looked a tad overexcited.

I noticed the jeans are the same "boot cut" style we wear today. What goes around....

Eulalia (Lali) Benejam Cobb said...

Oh, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau! I have his Schubert song cycles--two of my favorite recordings ever.

Did you know he died a couple of months ago? Such a voice....

Susan said...

Yes, I saw that. When he died I did some reading about him online. Learned that his first wife died in childbirth delivering their fourth child. How sad. He was so well liked in the music community.

crystal said...

I also like Clapton too. I recently borrowed a cd of his from my sister - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unplugged_%28Eric_Clapton_album%29

Susan said...

My daughter Jill had that CD. She played it a lot in her car. Now I do.

Indigo Bunting said...

I have been planning a CD purge for some time but haven't gotten around to it. But my cabinet is full. I got that Lizz Wright CD because of you. I don't think I can let that one go yet. So much sentimentality...


I have a pile of clothes, too, that at least is IN a pile, waiting to be sorted into thrift shop/giveaway.

Susan said...

Must be time to play Lizz again, IB. My worst pile of clothes is covering the guest room bed. Don't come and visit me just yet....