CDs and Burgers

I’ve been buying a lot of CDs lately.  (For some more thoughts on physical versus digital media, see The Great Physical/Electronic Media Disparity.)

Having the physical products reminds me how much I enjoy having the album artwork and liner notes available.  At times, they don’t seem like they matter, but other times it makes it feel like a more complete product.  Plus, it’s a chance to show off cool artwork, and I’m a fan of that.

It also reminds me of my high school years.  I got a job at McDonald’s when I turned 16.  Steady pay and zero bills meant I had a lot of expendable cash that I spent on food, music, and video games.  My friend Rob and I would usually hit the mall:  Burger King (I wasn’t a vegetarian yet), then the arcades and CD stores.  This was mid-late 90s, so digital players (indeed, even the formats, really) hadn’t caught on yet or become widely available.

It always felt good to come home with new music.  A new disc was a prize.

I hated (and still hate) those stickers on the edges of the jewel cases, though. Frustrating.

Looking back, though, my knowledge of music and bands was so much more narrow than it was now.  The only way I found out about bands was MTV (remember when they played music?) and friends.  Or if an album cover / back looked particularly interesting and I took it home with me. A thought just now: how crazy is it that CDs don’t even have any text on the back?  Even paperback books have a little blurb about the story.  Why is there no text on the back of a CD?  Something to say what it’s about?  I’m still in the process of writing and recording a few different albums.  I’ll make a point to put something on the back in the event that the physical product is the first thing a person comes in contact with.

Nowdays, I can’t imagine trying to find new music without all the reviews, lists, recommendations, and song previews on Amazon and other sites like it.  Only now is the back text perhaps unnecessary.

I suppose the internet is every CD’s back text.

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