I walked into Best Buy yesterday to look for the new Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks album. I don’t go into Best Buy very often but figured it would be as good a place as any to find said CD. Plus, I was just driving by. Looking over their measly selection of CDs which have been condensed into 3 racks now was a sad reminder of how dead the physical album is. Yes, I’ve known this for a while, but it was really hit home yesterday whilst sifting through their pathetic selection. It kinda made me sad.
I love albums. I like looking over their art work, photos, liner notes and lyrics. I like the whole package! And, most importantly, I like listening to an entire album at once, in order!!!! I think of it as batting order (side note: I used to play competitive softball and find myself using softball as an analogy very often. Even though it’s kinda lame, I can’t help it). You know like first song is lead off hitter and it’s suppose gets everyone’s attention and get on base. Yeah, like I said, lame analogy. But it is always interesting if it’s a good album and has good flow what song bats like 8th? Ya know?
Maybe it’s because I make albums and I know what a labor of love they are? Yes, I know how much time it takes to think of an order and live with it over and over in your car- just to make sure it’s perfect. I know what’s its like to go into your mastering appt and bite your nails and twitch while you give your engineer the FINAL ORDER!
I take comfort in the fact there will always be other freaks out there like me. People who will order the package off-line and wait for snail mail to deliver or find a cool record store and sift through. Vinyl is a whole different story in part because it is far more cool and hip. I’m talking dorks like me who want a CD to scratch up.
By the way, Best Buy didn’t even have the Susan Tedeschi album…