Somehow, a great of deal additional stuff managed to accumulate on top of my stash. To top it all off, because the closet had been so full when the professional animal control company came to block off all possible mouse, squirrel, skunk, and raccoon entrances into the old farmhouse, it was the one place they couldn't access. Therefore, about a million happy little mice have made quite a comfortable home in there over the years. There was plenty of chewed cardboard and fabric to show for it, though the more dire consequence of all that eating (ahem) was quite distressing. We did lots of cleaning -- ourselves and the house.
The little buggers nibbled through the spines of about 100 albums that were stored in crates. Argh! Thankfully, the remaining records (approximately 1200 albums and 12" singles, and 1000 45s) were all safely secured in boxes that the mice apparently found too daunting to chew. Everything is now safely in brand new, climate controlled, and pest-protected storage. Moving all that vinyl caused me to contemplate a couple things.
First, records are really heavy! I moved those things twice a year, every year, for all four years of college. Each trip, the number accumulating. I moved them three more times to each place I lived in Maine before their final move into Mom and Dad's house when I headed West. I'd nearly forgotten how much they weigh in large groups.
Second, I'm really looking forward to listening to this stuff again. Although I have replaced some of it on CD or MP3, I own a treasure trove of music that has never been released digitally. I'm going to have to set my computer up to capture the stuff and make my iTunes library more representative of my whole collection. That sounds interesting, but I still haven't even come close to getting my CD collection (which numbers approximately 1500) into iTunes yet.
That weekend was the start of a trend for me. I'm cleaning out. Decluttering our space. Lightening the load. Taking inspiration from Mom & Dad's house, and one of my favorite home shows. Upon opening a mysterious file box, I discovered a notebook I'd written when I was first living in Seattle. It includes the last of a series of lists that I created annually highlighting my favorite music released during the year.
Here is my 1992 Best of Albums list:
- Alice in Chains "Dirt"
- k.d. lang "Ingenue"
- Pearl Jam "Ten"
- Thomas Dolby "Astronauts & Heretics"
- Enya "Shepherd Moons"
- Matthew Sweet "Girlfriend"
- Arrested Development "3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of..."
- Annie Lennox "Diva"
- "The Commitments" soundtrack
- Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea "Play"
- Bobby McFerrin & Yo Yo Ma "Hush"
- Madonna "Erotica"
- Alison Moyet "Hoodoo"
- Ephraim Lewis "Skin"
- CeCe Peniston "Finally"
- Michael Penn "Free-For-All"
- Prince & New Power Generation "[the symbol that later became his name]"
- Queen Latifah "The Nature of a Sista"
- Shakespeare's Sister "Hormonally Yours"
- Go West "Indian Summer"
But wait, there's more! My 1992 Best of Songs list (alphabetical, not enumerated):
- Beastie Boys "So What Cha Want"
- Mary J. Blige "Real Love"
- Brand New Heavies "Never Stop"
- Chesney Hawkes "The One and Only"
- Cowboy Junkies "Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park"
- En Vogue "My Lovin' (Never Gonna' Get It)"
- Extreme "Rest in Peace"
- Live "Operation Spirit"
- The KLF with Tammy Wynette "Justified and Ancient"
- King Missile "Detachable Penis"
- L7 "Pretend That We're Dead"
- The La's "There She Goes"
- L.A. Style "James Brown is Dead"
- Lush "For Love"
- Madonna "Deeper and Deeper"
- George Michael "Too Funky"
- Public Enemy "Can't Truss It"
- Screaming Trees "Nearly Lost You"
- John Secada "Just Another Day"
- Sting with Eric Clapton "It's Probably Me"
- Sugarcubes "Hit"
- Sundays "Love"
- Tears For Fears "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)"
- They Might Be Giants "Hey Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had a Deal"
Here's an example. I just bought a new album (the entire thing digitally... I've evolved to the point where I no longer need physical evidence) that is rapidly growing on me. It is "Dreaming Through the Noise" by Vienna Teng. This is not her first album, but I am just now learning about her. Wonderful music.