Back when the world was young [and I was a raw green blogger] I used to commemorate my time here in one year increments. This year, I realized that I had completely forgotten about my anniversary date, which I think is [checks]… June 24. Well, this time June 24 came and went by several weeks by the time I noticed that it had happened, so as I began the “30 Days: 30 Albums” thread, it occurred to me that it would complete at post 599, leading effortlessly to today’s 600th posting.
So what has changed in the time since I began typing furiously [none dare call it writing] during my lunch hour? For a start, the unspoken gist of this website, my private vanity label to reissue vinyl-only treasures onto the shiny discs I like so much has ground to a complete halt as of a year ago. Not only have I stopped buying vinyl to complete collections for the all-important “boxed set of god®” that are the ne-plus-ultra of Monkdom, but I’ve also stopped any and all remastering of things that are safely ensconced within the Record Cell.
All free time as of last summer has been aimed at generating income instead of pursuing leisure time activities. The occasional leisure time I do undertake is strictly for wife/friends/family in that order. This needs to change… but not too soon, because we are moving into the Rocktober heavy concert/travel season, which actually stretches into early December this year! Those excursions are to be funded by sell-offs from the collection. Travel doesn’t come cheap! So auctions and set-sales will yet bedevil my free time for at least two months. Possibly three. But as the year ends, I must retrain my vision on the increase of my leisure time with the goal of enjoying my music far more than I have in the last year.
I have wonderful records I have bought this year that are unheard, primarily because I need a new stylus for the turntable! The last one is over three years old and I don’t want to damage any spanking new records I’ve bought this year with a worn stylus. So after I get that stylus, I need to buy the one ABC record that I actually ordered last year but didn’t get. The dealer sent me the “Footlose OST” [!!!] instead of the ABC single I’d purchased and I have not re-ordered the proper single elsewhere… yet. So once I get that underway, there’s the ABC boxed set to finish off.
A relatively small portion of my sales funds actually did go to buying new, desirable music this year, but only a handful of items, really. That needs to increase in the new year. As for those Rocktober trips, what’s left on the agenda? Well, Simple Minds are in Washington D.C. at the 9:30 club, so we’ll be there. Along with top commenter Echorich and long-standing partner in crime Chasinvictoria. So it will be like a mini Monk-Con® in mid October in the District of Columbia. I’m sincerely looking forward to finally meeting Echorich, who adds substantially to this blog with his fulsome commentary! It wouldn’t be the same without him.
Then, five days later we hit Atlanta for Sparks at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. Chasinvictoria will also be there with us for that one. And while we were in Raleigh for the Hopscotch Festival last week, my wife notice in the program book a display ad for Television at the Georgia Theatre on November 7th, so we bought tickets on the spot! That’s another overnighter added to our strained itinerary but we should be able to do it on the cheap.
Finally, Hugh Cornwell has a actual date in the US Southeast for the first time in forever at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte on December 4th. I had given up any hope of seeing Cornwell live, so that’s another one removed from The List. So in December, I may be able to finally go back to making CDs the old fashioned way… by hand. Look for more illumination on the topic which drives me going forward in the next few months as this Monk gets back in touch with his mojo.
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