Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Vinyl Remorse

I woke with a start last night, and at first I wasn't sure why. Then it hit me: It was delayed remorse for my lost record collection. Which I sold over a year ago.

After lugging around 30 boxes from L.A. to the midwest then back again, and after much soul-searching, I decided that it was time to give up the vinyl. This was not an easy decision, of course, as those records had helped me find a wife (that's another story, but the short version is, she was the +1 of a party I was hosting, took a gander at the collection, and asked her friend, 'who owns THESE?' It's something they don't tell you about in those self-help guides.)

I thought it was the adult thing to do - to put away childish things and not cling to some pathetic vestige of my youth, which was mostly spent rifling through record bins around New York City. I had finally come to the realization that I wasn't going to re-purpose them by turning into some middle-aged DJ about town. And I had come darn near close to replacing the most cherished stuff with CD's.

Sold them for a song, I'll have you know. Maybe that's what's so painful. Every scratch and nick, every water-damaged cover... you remember, don't you? You always remember. But buyers don't put any sentimental value into some scratchy Dylan record that got you through freshman year; they just look at it as a depreciated asset.

I didn't really bother taking inventory beforehand, and that hurt me big time, because I DID have some valuable assets in there, like all of the Yardbirds albums in mint condition. Those alone were probably worth the money I received for the entire collection. Whatever. I can go on about this ( I didn't even take into consideration the fact that my kids, when they get older, might have derived a lot of pleasure from these pleistocine artifacts). They're gone, and they ain't coming back.

But c'est la vie, right?

26 comments:

Gus said...

I did something similar. Moved from Los Angeles to Minneapolis so my wife could go to vet school and decided to cut lose around 1000 pieces of vinyl and 500 DVDs. As a media junkie it was a tough decision -- I still get the impulse to dig through crates when I pass a record store. Not sure if I'm comfortable with the idea of dumping stuff you love as an attempt to become an adult, though. God save us if being grown up means cutting loose anything fun or stimulating.

MW said...

Gus

You're probably right - I think it was just a rationale I needed to go through with it - btw, I moved to Mpls too! mw

Anonymous said...

Sometimes loss takes a while to process- was it George Carlin that said one person's shit is another's stuff? Scratches on vinyl may not be appreciated, but are as unique to you as lines on your face - a result and informer of your experience. I still can't listen to Court and Spark without hearing my vinyl's skips in my head- . -IW

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