Music Matters

Great post by Richard Querin today about music- both management and songs. He talks about the various programs he has used to organize and play his digital music.  Richard is in a deep Linux phase, so he uses MOC.  Here’s my story.

Unlike Richard, I made a concerted effort to move my music onto my computer.  Back in the nineties I undertook to rip all of my CDs.  The first time, when hard drives actually cost real money, I just put the best songs in my digital library.  Later, I went back and put all of the songs in there.  It took about 3 forevers.  I’m not sure exactly how many CDs I have, but it’s in the thousands.  Once I got the old CDs ripped, it became pretty easy to rip the new ones as I bought them.

I have never shared my music files and I have never bought music with DRM.

I have, however, become my parents, as my musical era of interest generally ended shortly after I finished graduate school.  Other than alternative country, some Americana and a little newish blues, I don’t buy many records recorded after 1987.

My application of choice for music management and listening is J. River’s Media Center.  It handles large libraries well and has a lot of good features.  I have never understood why it didn’t generate more buzz among music fans.

One of the great pleasures of having a digital music server is to put the player on shuffle and hear some songs you forgot about.  Sometimes ones that really move you.  Richard gave a list of songs he’s come across like that.

Here are some off the beaten path songs on my server that remind me fondly of days gone by, in no particular order.

Les Dudek – I Remember You
LeRoi Brothers – Pretty Little Lights of Town
Raging Fire – A Family Thing
Al Green – You Ought to Be with Me
Atlanta Rhythm Section – Champaign Jam
Bob Seger – Get Out of Denver
Stephen Stills – Change Partners
Paul Davis – I Go Crazy
Fred Knoblock – Why Not Me
Ten Years After – I’ve Been There Too
Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right
Starland Vocal Band – Boulder to Birmingham

Music and computers really compliment each other.  If I had to rummage through a bunch of CDs to find the record I wanted to hear, I’d rarely listen to music.