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Posted: 18 January 2021 at 1:18pm | IP Logged Quote AdvprosD

A few of the members here have taken moments out of their busy days to discuss how they maintain their libraries with me. I also watched the entire discussion meeting a
month or two ago with all the members in the Zoom meeting. (I think I watched it on Youtube?) Glad to see such an active community here!

Back when I was employed, and doing DJ work on the side I developed a mountainous collection of music in various formats. I knew I planned to wait for two things:

1, Retirement from the day job.

and

2, Purchased a bigger house to keep it all in.

I have succeeded in both of the above topics! However, I now seem to have a new problem. Getting it done!

Since the basement here at the new place was mostly finished to begin with, I was able to put up shelves and get nearly everything within hands reach. None of it has as of yet
been categorized and shelf labeled properly but, I have a pretty good idea where any one thing is generally at. I had to adapt my original plan for the basement, and install a
"Family Room" or "Den" type area that was supposed to be a studio of sorts. This is OK since I can also display a lot of the eye-catching music covers there in various spots.

I have grand intentions now of taking an unfinished area of the basement, and putting the sound studio there.

All this sounds peachy as heck, except I now face a number of unexpected issues with mechanical plans. I've always been a Do-It-Yourselfer kind of homeowner, and I seem to
have a shorter fuse for issues that keep me from completing my plans. Over the holidays we had a fairly major issue with one of the bathrooms that took up nearly all my
time to resolve. The bath is back in service, but I also have a number of other related issues to finish throughout the house. Just the thought of this tires me frequently.

I also have commitments to myself to get a lot of this library ripped to hard drive. That in itself is a daunting task to undertake.

Sometimes, I think my situation has gotten a lot busier since retirement. I guess I'm envious of the folks that seem to have their projects completed. Any talk or encouragement
would be what I think I need to stay motivated. The music I have isn't really growing bigger lately. I's just the project isn't getting done fast enough for my comfort. Are there any
professional motivators hanging out here too? :)

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Posted: 18 January 2021 at 6:00pm | IP Logged Quote eriejwg

From my own standpoint, right now, I have more free time
than I'd like. 25 years ago, after nearly a 20 year full-
time radio career, I decided to walk away from the radio
business and go full-time with my wedding and event DJ
business. We added an open-air photo booth in 2019.

Enter 2020 and 2021 and the work has either slowed down
or stopped due to the pandemic and event restrictions.
I've been finding time to reorganize music. I only own 2
boxes of 45's from when I first discovered this forum
back in 2007 and I discovered I needed to dub 45's to get
single versions. I, eventually, learned how to create
digital recreations.

I'm far from an editing expert but networking with others
here has helped immensely in getting the correct 45
versions.

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Posted: 18 January 2021 at 10:14pm | IP Logged Quote AutumnAarilyn

I'm in the same boat. The pandemic hasn't really
reduced my hours at my full-time job which is in
health care and I also take care of an elderly
relative with extensive health issues. In spring and
summer, it's typically 5 hours/week with yardwork
alone.

Things unfortunately sit. I'm 40K cds deep with the
collector/hoarding bug. The "different versions" is
why you don't dare throw anything out. Mastering,
mixes, liner notes, etc. are all reasons not to give
those compilations, cd singles, and hits packages the
boot. I have read where there is a mental complex that
causes people to be pack rats. I'll be 45 next month
(and still single) (LOL), but I've never really lived
an adult life. For 25 years, I've pretty much done one
thing and that's collect all the soul, jazz, and
various offshots that I've found interesting. I don't
hoard garbage but the collection is less than
presentable.

Furthermore from a music standpoint for me, 95% of the
music I have was issued before I was out of high
school. When Clinton deregulated the
telecommunications industry, radio and records felt it
immediately. The Atlantic records philosophy of
putting the music out there and seeing what sticks had
went by the wayside. There was fewer titles being
issued as the philosophy became that the labels
wouldn't take on an artist if they didn't think they
could make them a superstar on their first album.
Music became homogenized in style and tempo. You
wouldn't see an album with cuts aimed at multiple
demographics with a variety of styles. Rarely did
albums contain cuts for Black radio, NAC/jazz, house
DJ's, ect which was a staple in the early 90's for
almost every album.

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Posted: 19 January 2021 at 4:00am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

I'm not a professional motivator, but I am very good at getting big projects done, but professionally and personally.

First, I try to make some progress every day. Even if it's just a little bit. I have a friend who loves to say "When eating
an elephant, take one bite at a time." Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day! If i get stuck on something, I find that a nice
brisk outdoor walk does wonders to clear my head.

Secondly, it helps to stay focused. So many distractions nowadays. For instance, I do not have cable or internet access in
my home (or even a smartphone). This allows me to work on personal projects with limited distractions. Also does wonders for
my mental well-being! Of course, it also helps that I've never been married and/or have children. :)

I also think that passion has a lot to do with it. If something doesn't interest me, then I move on to something else.

If I still find myself stuck, I just give myself a good old fashioned kick in the butt!
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Posted: 19 January 2021 at 12:42pm | IP Logged Quote AdvprosD

Paul, you and AutumnAarilyn may have hit part of this smack on the head.

What I often forget is that my kids are pretty much all grown and prepared to take on lives of their own, (Whenever that comes to pass.) I guess I had invested a lot
of time and energy into raising a family along with the hobbies of music collecting. I seem to remember a clearer picture back when I was was putting my life together.

I also noted that I actually did learn a "Life Lesson", similar to your "Eating an Elephant" example from my dear old mother. She raised twice as many kids as we did and,
managed to get things done by figuring out how much or little to do on a regular basis until she considered something "Done."

I guess I feel in a fix because I need to stop looking too far ahead too often. Thanks for the replies. I've already felt better since John's first one.

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Posted: 19 January 2021 at 12:42pm | IP Logged Quote ChicagoBill

I can relate to everything that was previously stated. But being older than most of the members on the board, I've come to the
conclusion that by the time I get done with all my projects, I'll be 96 years old! I think it was Aaron K. that asked during the Zoom
meeting that we should mention what projects we are working on. If I did that, everyone would think I'm nuts. I am retired, for the
most part, and I still have a hard time finding time to do my hobby that I started in 1959. -Bill.
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Posted: 20 January 2021 at 1:22pm | IP Logged Quote eriejwg

God bless you ChicagoBill! I fell in love with radio back
in the early 70s. I started calling radio DJs at the age of
13 and DJ's would let me sneak in to create a fake audition
tape. Eventually, I spent nearly 25 years in the business.

Not sure if I would consider this a hobby, it's more my
life and obsession to have the right version, the hit
version of a song.

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Posted: 23 January 2021 at 8:29pm | IP Logged Quote FrankG

I love hearing these stories! Paul, I'm amazed that you
don't have internet or cable in your house! That is one
way to cut down on distractions. I find I get easily
distracted and move on from one project to the next these
days. I've come to accept that my music collection
(especially all of the great contributions from all of
you!) may never be fully integrated into my collection. I
also have dreams of doing all this when I retire but that
is still quite a few years away. ;)
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I would tell you that if you are doing what you love to do, then that is the motivation.

John hit it on the head, I never view this as a hobby I view it as getting the right version/hit version of the song.

Call it "waxing nostalgia" or reliving one's youth. The pandemic has slowed me down so much work wise that being OCD about the organization is the only thing that keeps me sane.

I thought the same way many people do about their CD's. I just went digital and never looked back. Best decision I ever made. Most people here would agree to some extent.

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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 6:30pm | IP Logged Quote AutumnAarilyn

I fully agree and I don't see what the great vinyl
resurgence is all about. They'll find out soon why we
went to cds.
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Posted: 25 January 2021 at 7:36pm | IP Logged Quote AdvprosD

AutumnAarilyn wrote:
I fully agree and I don't see what the great vinyl
resurgence is all about. They'll find out soon why we
went to cds.


There's a small company in Japan that produced a line of laser read "Analog" turntables. I inquired once, and have since been sent the annual list of reasons why I should
buy one of these units. Since the price was upwards of $5,000.00 per player, I haven't as yet seriously considered one. I also didn't really read into whether or not the
units were really worth the price to try and save old vinyl recordings. I wish I could recall the name offhand.

I'm more than happy with the digital recordings technology and the relatively low price associated with it on CD media. Maybe someday, if the dump truck of cash stops by here,
I will invest in that and let you know if it is worth it.

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Posted: 26 January 2021 at 2:11pm | IP Logged Quote Brian W.

I don't find the time. Sigh. I've ripped maybe 10% of
my collection over the past few years, but it's so
boring to do, and I've got so many CDs that aren't
organized.

Part of me thinks I should focus on ripping all my V/A
comps first (since I really don't know everything
that's on most of them), and part of me thinks I
should focus on ripping all my CD singles (which is
probably half my collection). I have no idea how many
CDs I have... maybe 8,000? 10,000? I have been good
about immediately ripping any new CDs that I purchase,
though.

I do have all my Michael Jackson and Madonna and Elton
John ripped, though... I guess that's something.

Edited by Brian W. on 26 January 2021 at 2:15pm
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Posted: 26 January 2021 at 3:29pm | IP Logged Quote AutumnAarilyn

AdvprosD wrote:


There's a small company in Japan that produced a line
of laser read "Analog" turntables. I inquired once,
and have since been sent the annual list of reasons
why I should
buy one of these units. Since the price was upwards of
$5,000.00 per player, I haven't as yet seriously
considered one. I also didn't really read into whether
or not the
units were really worth the price to try and save old
vinyl recordings. I wish I could recall the name
offhand.

I'm more than happy with the digital recordings
technology and the relatively low price associated
with it on CD media. Maybe someday, if the dump truck
of cash stops by here,
I will invest in that and let you know if it is worth
it.


If there's a scratch or defect I think the laser will
still pick it up. The laser won't cause any damage as
it reads the grooves.

What they do have is a receiver like device that
limits the audio and removes the scratches from
certain frequencies. It behaves much like software but
do so as the scratchy record is playing.

Much of the wear you hear is from heavy tones arms and
subsequent groove damage.

Edited by AutumnAarilyn on 26 January 2021 at 3:33pm
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AutumnAarilyn wrote:
I fully agree and I don't see what the great vinyl
resurgence is all about. They'll find out soon why we
went to cds.


Still bugs me that people stream music more than they go back to vinyl. At least the people going back to vinyl might want to actually restore and dub songs. The people going to streaming have no idea that their favorite song or Artist can yank, replace, alter or change their favorite tunes anytime they feel like it.

There is a HUGE difference between downloading a digital album (even if it now is not released on a CD) and streaming that album. Better to own it then be at the mercy of a streaming service. Better to invest in an IPOD Touch or Classic for listening if that is the case.

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Pop Archivist said:
Still bugs me that people stream music more than they go
back to vinyl. At least the people going back to vinyl
might want to actually restore and dub songs. The people
going to streaming have no idea that their favorite song
or Artist can yank, replace, alter or change their
favorite tunes anytime they feel like it.

There is a HUGE difference between downloading a digital
album (even if it now is not released on a CD) and
streaming that album. Better to own it then be at the
mercy of a streaming service. Better to invest in an
IPOD Touch or Classic for listening if that is the case.
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Posted: 28 January 2021 at 2:43pm | IP Logged Quote ChicagoBill

Exactly. I would probably go one step backward and say, that if you take an original L.P. or 45 single, at least that is indicative of the correct version,
speed, and you are sure of its reliability. In fact, that gives me an idea for a thread.....-Bill.
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Interesting topic. It seems like there's never enough time to complete all my music projects. Even as things get done, others come along. I have a feeling that by the end of my life I still won't have completed every music-related project I've wanted to do. But I'll spend a lot of time trying to finish as much as I can.
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