So a question comes from me: How long without listening to an album do I need to go before it is safe to sell it off, forsaking listening to it altogether?
I ask because I keep taking CDs down to Zia to trade for DVDs. Like tonight I stopped in Zia and they had Lilo and Stitch and Spiderman DVDs used for about $20 for the two, and asked them to hold them. Tomorrow morning I’ll take the stack of 15 CDs I just selected from my collection (only one of which was from the dozen or so rejected the other day) to see which they’ll offer credit for, and hope they take at least 4. The average trade credit per normal CD is $5, sometimes more for double CDs or rare CDs, and I’d like to get those DVDs without paying more. I was trying to pick CDs I thought they’d like this time, choosing some I feel should stay part of my collection. Not because I ever listen to them, or intend on listening to them, or could conceive of a situation where I would listen to them, but … because … I don’t know why.
Some are less so; albums like the ‘Songs of Iroquois Women’ or the album with 13 versions of ‘Route 66’-themed songs that I had gifted to me one way or the other, and doubt they will take, except that they were never really commercially available… Or the two Phillip Glass CDs… I like Phillip Glass, but it rarely if ever occurs to me to listen to his music. And will Zia think one of their customers would want to listen to Phillip Glass? But I’ve also got a couple of never-opened CDs that I bought and just never got around to opening. And a couple of soundtracks; people like soundtracks, right?
Where was I? Off topic, huh? What was the topic again? Oh yeah. So in an effort years-long to try to reduce the number of unlistened-to CDs in my collection, I began marking my CDs with dots about 18 months ago. That is, every time I put a CD into a player of some kind, I put a tiny colored dot sticker on the edge of the jewel case. I’ve been doing this consistently with my CDs the full 18 months, and with my DVDs for about 10 months, so I know that the 300+ CDs without dot one have not been listened to in the last year and a half. Probably longer. Which brings us back to the question:
How long should I let these dot-free CDs go before I get rid of them? I try every time I need to choose something to listen to to choose something without a dot that I might like, but it’s been slow going. Most of what it occurs to me to listen to is the same stuff that it occurred to me to listen to before. Worse, for music I’ve never or rarely listened to, I often don’t know what the tone or emotion of the music will be. I used to buy albums for a single song a lot, so I have a lot of albums I’ve only ever put in on that one track and hit repeat, or never at all if I forgot what the track was. (I’ve got two albums by Blessid Union of Souls in my stack that I’m listening to right now to try to figure out what song or songs I bought them for. If I don’t find at least one song I like, these albums don’t even get a dot, they get to go to Zia.) Is it safe to just rip the one song and sell the album? What if I would have otherwise liked the music?
Aargh. In another 18 (or 12, or 6, or 36, or whatever) months do I just sell off everything without a dot, no matter what? I’ve definitely been making a very strong effort to listen to every new (to me) CD I buy at least once. What is the expiration date on un-used music?