Choosing CD’s

As I mentioned yesterday, my recreational shopping included a large number of unknown CD’s from goodwill.  Well Bob thought these were an interesting collection and wanted to know why I choose the CD’s.  Was it pictures, titles, or what?  It was not an easy answer.  So let’s look at a few:

Kenny Slevmo and the Originals – This was a brand new CD with intact shrink wrap.  On the front is the picture of guy wearing a hat,, black sunglasses, a mustache and goatee, white shirt, and jeans.  Some of the track titles include “Jenny’s winter games”, “Day like this”, “Open Door”, and “Purple Lite”.  Don’t have any clue if this is rock and roll, country, or some kind of folk music.  But I liked that they have someone named Angela Darling playing the flute on track 4 and the artwork on the back it titled “Tricycle Pastel by Kiara Claresa”.   It turns out this is a rock and roll CD. Not bad, not great.  Would be ok background music.  Interesting lyrics; some of them make no sense to me.  For example, the last line of Jenny’s Winter Games is “but it was her mind that stalled she couldn’t do the work unguaranteed and she ended up with the old battery, ok.”  Freeze does has good starting sounds.  But I probably won’t listen to this one much if at all in the future.

He is legend.  I am Hollywood–This is a used CD where I don’t know who the artist is; even after reading the inserts.  But part of the insert is a map of Hollywood drawn as a human intestine.  The artwork is really eye catching and different.  Some of the titles include “Eating a book”, The Seduction” The creature Walks” “You think I’m Pretty?” “Dinner with a Gypsy”.  This might be a movie soundtrack, a play, rock and roll, or some other wild alternative music.  Choose it because of the artwork and the fact it could be something really interesting.  Of course, it could also be a bomb.  It’s been handled a bit so someone liked it.  Turns out it is heavy rock and roll.  Good riffs.  Way too loud for work.  Might listen to it while doing housework.

Loreena McKennit “The Visit”–Easy and obvious choice.  I love her ballads and love this CD.  Will listen to it many times.

Magical Music Box.  38 Classical Selections—Again an easy and obvious choice.  Remember the boxes with the gears and disks that would spin around; well that’s a music box..  Who wouldn’t want an album playing a lot of classical “music box” tunes?  This is a great CD, it brings smiles to my face by invoking pictures of long long ago.  Can’t listen to much at a time, but will listen to it when I need some grins.  Information about music boxes from Wikipedia “A music box (also musical box) is a 19th/20th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to pluck the tuned teeth (or lamellae) of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and called carillons à musique. Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal comb.”  The Regina company made mechanical musical instruments before it became a vacuum manufacturer.  At their peak, they had 80-90% of the market.”  Other facts about the Regina Company from Wikipedia include: The Regina Company went into bankruptcy; was bough by Philips Electronics, then Oreck, and finally Royal Corporation.  Today Home Depot brand vacuum cleaners are made by this company.


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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