How Do I Listen To All Of This?
So, there are records, DVD’s and CD’s in 3 rooms of my home – How am I ever going to listen to all of this? Yes, I could stop buying new stuff, but…you all know how that one goes!
Maybe I should set aside a period of time for a specific genre? Recently, I wrote about 3 British glam rock bands – and, owing to when I first found all of the original UK LP’s (February!) – maybe February could be “UK Glam Rock Month”? Or should I follow PBS’s lead and have it be “Black Music Month”? Y’know…watch “Shaft” and some Pam Grier movies, play my Gap Band CD’s…Kool & The Gang!
The March could be “Euro Progressive Rock Month” – Faust, Amon Duul II, Catharsis, Focus, Bo Hansson, Museo Rosenbach, Le Orme…I could listen and relax, I am very familiar with this style of music. It’s where I ended up after my initial intoxication with rock music! The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – then Neu!, Cluster, Kraftwerk!
April can be jazz, because it’s so cool. What did I first hear on KNOB-FM (“The Jazz Knob”)? Les McCann? Something from “Spanish Onions”? I know I heard Charles Mingus when I was still a youngster – something from “Blues & Roots”, no doubt. And maybe I was standing in a hippie record store when some old soul played a Horace Silver record that would forever make me check the jazz release sheets from Japan?
May could be Australia and New Zealand month: It’s sung in English, but it isn’t British or American! How easily we forget out antipodean cousins! Play some Skyhooks, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Easybeats or Schnell Fenster. Hey, this stuff is pretty good? Dang, I have a lot of this stuff!
June gears up to be 60’s month – just in time for the summer love-ins and rock festivals! Jefferson Airplane, Procol Harum, Country Joe & The Fish, Traffic…The Doors, Love and a million others, all dressed in hippie attire. I wish more of it was in stereo! Play some 45’s, Strawberry Alarm Clock non-hit titles like “Tomorrow”! Iron Butterfly!
July heats up here sometimes – so, naturally the 80’s follow the 60’s! Magazine, XTC and Ultravox abound. Dig out those Punishment of Luxury B-sides! Revel in the new compact disc format. Have a got a re-mastered CD of that title yet? Re-discover favorites you never knew you had: Y.M.O., The Plastics, Simple Minds (first 4 albums), M (Robin Scott) etc.
August could be ethnic music month, and I could finally get around to all of those Realworld CD’s that are languishing in a few cartons in the other room! Hermeto Pascoal (unless you OD’s on him during jazz month), Urszula Dudziak, Manu Dibango…
So, you see, it is possible to try and devise a schedule for working your way through even a massive collection of recorded music!