Thursday, 24 May 2012



Oh yes. Indeedy. Spring has sprung, and all the little flowers and buds that have lay dormant these past few weeks of pissy weather have now exploded releasing a veritable cloud of pollen. Don’t know how they “measure” pollen, but I think/feel as though we are getting about an average months worth of pollen in a few short days. I swear I could almost see a yellow “haze” rising from the fields of rapeseed yesterday. Cranked up the antihistamine dosage.

Anyhoo. It’s also a time for spring cleaning. I don’t do it as often as I should, but there’s something cathartic about throwing out some old crap (it also makes room for new crap). Not throwing them out (perish the thought), but yesterday did see me put a large consignment of my CD collection into storage boxes ready to be …. well “stored”, obviously. I’m not too proud to say that as I closed the lid on the first of the boxes after packing them carefully and caught sight of “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers and Hart Songbook” a little tear came to my eye (might have been the bloody rapeseed mind).

I read a good quote on a jazz forum the other day. It was contained within a discussion about what’s best....vinyl, CDs or MP3s (and if MP3s what bit rate). Basically the quote was along the lines of “the jazz is the message, the media is just the messenger”. Sage words indeed. It probably only works as an in “joke” if you know your Art Blakey though.

I don’t think I’ll ever get round to ripping everything I have – hence I don’t want to throw it out. But I do have the vast, vast majority of it ripped to play digitally.

I also have an external harddrive (1TB) that I have my music backed up onto. However, I am going to get a second drive and have two back ups. So that’s belt, braces and a bit string to hold my breeks up!!

I am also going to switch to buying downloads rather than CDs…. Never thought Id see the day – but there you go.

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