Getting an iPod sent me on a frenzy of music-buying. I got the iPod Christmas last year, and I think I’ve bought more music in the intervening year than in the three years prior. With the portability and convenience of the iPod, I listen to music more. And I like that.

That said, my CD collection had far outstripped the system I had for displaying an organizing it — not too surprising since that system was one CD display purchased for me in high school. Mid high school.

So I bought a new CD organizer, and just spent a happy hour moving stuff around and reorganizing.

Some thoughts.

How the heck did I get that much opera? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE listening to opera. But recorded opera is like remembering an vacation… it’s nice, but it’s so far away from the real thing as to be a different creature. I very rarely seek opera out to listen to, as much as I love it in the flesh. For one thing, opera is often really bad background music. For another, I just don’t like it that well in recording.

I’ve made some good music purchases this year.

I keep listening to one kind of music, and keep buying another. I should buy more of the music I find myself going back to again and again.

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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