I’m at about the ¾ mark in assembling my last two years’ worth of Playlists. From roughly ’07 to ’09, I did approx. 100 Playlists and it yielded about 2,100 songs – so I started over in October 2009, without regard to the ’07 – ’09 list.
About the beginning of September ’11, I finished up Playlists #175, #176 & #177 – covering just a little under 2 years worth of home listening – approx. 1,600 songs.
Upon discovering that I have a rather large collection of music at my disposal, for some reason people are inclined to ask: “Do you listen to your collection?” – Yes, I do. And these Playlists are the detailing of that process.
Simply, I usually pick either vinyl or CD’s, and I sit down and listen to enough material to fill either a 74 minute or 80 minute MiniDisc. This means I am listening on the stereo that I am used to. I’m not up and running around while I am listening, I am sitting and listening (usually trying to decide ‘what to play next’). If it’s vinyl, I must edit the MD after I am finished, to make the track access points “even” – with CD’s this is unnecessary (except in certain cases where I only want to access a track from a specific point). I write down a list of what I listened to, then type it up, where it can be dumped into a spread sheet – to be collated.
I used to have an MD player in my car, but this has not been the case over the last nearly three years, since the advent of my Suzuki SX-4, which had a CD player in it. So, my MD preparation is usually relegated to my main listening room – but I can listen on my portable MD player, or at the GF’s home.
I should probably synch the Playlists to my “Music Purchases” lists! That would be interesting! What did I listen to vs. what did I buy? (Or not). Both the Playlists and Music Purchases are dated (on their individual sheets), so it could be done!
Perhaps when my 2nd set of Playlists is ‘concluded’ and collated, I should merge this spread sheet with the previous ’07 – ’09 spread sheet – I bet there would be quite a few Playlist duplications!
It’s a big job listening to a large-ish music archive, but this is the ongoing process that I am engaged in. For what it’s worth, my intake of Music Purchases has declined every year for the last 4 or 5 years. Trends in this time period have been a) acquisition of SA-CD’s & DVD-A’s and b) a return to 45 collecting – so item types at both ends of the cost spectrum!
I listen to music, rather than watch TV. If anybody would like to see either of my Playlist spread sheets (’07 – ’09 or the incomplete ’09 to present), drop me a line – it’s way too big to post here.