Music

What was the last CD you bought?

Or have you stopped buying music on CD and started downloading onto your iPod?

I have issues. I never have thought that CDs have the immediacy, warmth, and fullness of LPs when the LPs are played on a great old tube amplifier stereo system . . . or even on the AM radio in the dash of a 1966 Mustang convertible during the summer of 1967. *grin* I also notice a marked decline in quality when we move to MP3 and AAC formats. Some of this is because of compression and loss, and some of it is because of the crappier speakers on the systems that play music in that format (on the MP3 player and the computer), but it’s there. Maybe it’s just some kind of harmonic that’s missing. When you play a chord on a baby grand piano, you get harmonics all down and up the strings. These harmonics seem to be missing in many “ripped” tracks and even in most CDs. Remastered CDs can be better, but sometimes they’re not.

The last CD I bought was Badfinger, “Straight Up” and the “Best Of” compilation. The last new CD I bought was Weird Al’s “Straight Outta Lynwood,” but I got it just before Christmas as a gift for hubby, and then I hid it so he wouldn’t find it, and I still have not found it. Cross my heart, tellin’ the truth here. Been looking since Solstice time on Dec. 21st of last year. Don’t know where it could be. Wherever it is, it’s with his other gift, the Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain DVD. That cost about $100 total, so we’re bummed about never finding it. Maybe it’ll turn up . . . someday. *ack*

Before that, I was on a kick to get belly dancing CDs, and before that, I picked up remasters of a bunch of 1960s and 1970s groups. I went after all of the Monkees and all of Bobby Darin some time ago. We really mustn’t spend any more money on CDs.

But anyhow . . . good thing that most classical CDs are on budget labels, because I do like to pick up different renditions of various of my favorite works. I’ve got quite a stack of versions of the Mozart piano concerti and of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto that I need to play through sometime. Right now, the good stereo is in the sunroom. And I spend most of my time in the kitchen or back here in the computer cave. Hmm.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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