Whew! I now realize my collection is pretty tiny by many people's standards. I can't imagine a collection the size of Darren's. Yikes! I don't mean that in a bad way at all. I just have a hard time deciding what to play in MY small collection (I'll guess between 2,000 and 3,000 discs). Plus, they're scattered everywhere. Some are upstairs in a cheap flimsy vertical wooden holder (looks like it will tip over any second).There are several plastic boxes of CDs to be reviewed always sitting around upstairs, too. In the basement "dungeon" (which Dene visited when he came over here a few years ago), there are built in shelves on one side of the only finished room in the basement which served as my publisher's office when i was publishing the magazine. The CDs that get the "honor"
of being shelved are either those that I've purchased or that I've reviewed. There is a huge one-shelf collection (CDs stacked two deep) of CDs that almost made the cut for review or may someday down the road "graduate." Then there are assorted stacks on several tables, some of which are total rejects (e.g. some stuff from Staaplaat plus more cheesy new age music than any one person can probably imagine) and yet others are CDs that I simply will probably never play again after reviewing so they don't need to be on the shelf since I don't feel a need will ever come up to "find them."
This last batch I don't know what I will eventually do with...probably give them away to a person or persons someday because I can't donate them to an institution (in Minnesota, it's against the law for libraries and schools to accept recordings stamped "promotional copy") and I steadfastly REFUSE to sell these on ebay or to Cheapo. But they're just gathering dust right now, literally.
I'm a little reluctant to part with them all, though, because I have it in my mind to one day do my version of Jim's "TATU." Waduda Paradiso, one of two heads of New Earth Records, has been after me for several years to write a book. Not sure if I'm up for it, but who knows? Anyway, as a result, even with CDs I will never play again, I'm thinking "Well, if I DO write that book, I may need to reference these things."
If, and it's a big "IF," I can get the room cleaned up enough to take a picture and not worry about one of you calling the health dept. to complain about the squalor, I will do so. However, it's not much to see. I sort the CDs alphabetically by artist name with V/A comps on one shelf. I don't segregate ambient from new age or world. But I do have a small section for the other genres, i.e. blues, jazz, rock, pop, soundtracks.
I don't have a listening room...wish to hell I did. Most of my listening is done via headphones, or in the car, or else played on the back sunroom stereo while I cook. With our house laid out as it is (more or less all on one floor) and Kathryn being a TV fanatic, I don't get much chance to listen to music unless she's gone. Someday, I may turn the basement office into a media center for movies and music, but that may take winning the lottery to happen!