The real reason we won't relinquish our CDs is because the sentimental value attached to each and every one is overwhelming! In the first many years of collecting them, Dan and I would save up $400-$500.00 and head to Toronto for a daytrip. This was a special day for us and we'd spend ALL day in Sam the Record Man, Sunrise Records and HMV in downtown Toronto. We wouldn't stay overnight because that would be ridiculous wouldn't it...I mean, why would you spend the money on a hotel room that you could spend on more CDs? Hahahaha! We'd look around together for awhile, then separately, then together through every genre in each store. If we were separately browsing, which by the way is very serious business and you become engrossed, and one of us found something particularly fantabulous, we'd search the aisles for the other and run up saying animatedly, "Look! Just look at what I found?", grinning like idiots! Sometimes when we were ready to go, we'd actually have to go through an elimination process because when we tallied up our finds, we'd be over our limit. That was a horrible moment...knowing you had to put back one or possibly even two and come back another time for them.
We have a quote that's permanently on our wall in our dining/kitchen which says "Music is what feelings sound like". As soon as I saw this, I had to have it and figure it prominently in our social area of our home. It about says it all doesn't it? On any given day, our music is playing because music can cheer you when you are sad, or help you wallow in your sadness. It can demonstrate your anger, or quell it and music can bring on feelings of love, peace, kindness or despair, desolation and solitude. Where else can you find an entity such as music that you can drive with, run with, sleep with, make love with, eat with and dance with. It can make you think you are as good a singer as Joni Mitchell, Nat King Cole, John Fogerty or Sarah McLachlan....or is that the darned merlot? Teehee!
So, you can see how passionately we feel about music and why we can't relinquish any of our CDs. We are in love with music and no matter how rich or how poor you are, music can always be a part of your life...a good part.
(ps. shelving units are individual towers fastened together from IKEA...they can grow with your collection)