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What to do with all this plastic?

As I sit here inspecting my CD collection to trade in at the local FYE, I realize that this collection has been growing since middle school …which was before CD players came standard in cars…I stopped buying CDs a few years ago…uploaded the one I have to my ITunes library but have yet to part with them…CDs aren’t as cool as vinyl and I’m doubting anyone would Ooooh and Ahhhh over my mountain of shiny plastic cases…especially since it contains such gems as Nick Lachey’s Soulo and The Cutting Edge soundtrack…But as I sit here reflecting on my music taste through the years, I pause to question how I would store all of these in my car if blue tooth audio didn’t exist…

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My inspection has only yielded me about 20 odd CDs to trade-in…the observation that I have made is that any CD I bought before my IMG_2297ability to drive a car and after the invention of the IPod…is in near perfect condition…Unfortunately, changing CDs in a car was about as safe as texting and driving…just picture pressing the eject button slipping that CD between your lips while you open the next case while keeping one hand on the wheel and eyes on the road…it was a messy situation…little round discs flying every which way…so most of those got tossed in the seat or on the dashboard…Sure they invented that little visor storage system but you had to stare up at the visor to see the titles and sticking them back in while driving was near impossible…My Pieces of You by Jewel is scratched and smudged so it skips when played…those scratches and smudges remind me of my freshman year of college….sitting in Amber’s dorm room singing Foolish Games at the top of my lungs…the broken cases and worn out jackets let me know that this music was listened to over and over again…taken from car to house to dorm room to friend’s house and beyond…The DC Talk album Jesus Freak is in the worst condition…but it got me through college and my twenties…Pulled out when all hope seemed lost and I needed to find my way back to center….

Music has always been my safe space and emotional outburst…I still make mix CDs and I check ITunes on Tuesday mornings like a kid on Christmas for new music.  My stroll down my musical memory lane has given me a few hidden treasures…I will be listening to Garth Brooks before they day’s end.  Only one question remains….

What do I do with all of this plastic?

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Challenge Accepted

You know how on How I Met Your Mother – Barney randomly accepts challenges that no one actually gives him…

Well that is where I find myself today…I accepted my own challenge to listen to the unabridged Les Miserables before the film is released on Christmas day…People always want to finish the book before they see the movie…so then I guess they can complain about how the movie is nothing like the book and how the screenwriters, directors and producers screwed up…but that will not be me…I just want to pay the author and this classic the respect it deserves…I’ve tried reading the unabridged text on and off but I’ve never dedicated the time like I should.  It is an incredibly long book…However, the first time I saw the Dream cast perform on PBS I was hooked…

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I wanted to be Eponine on Broadway…So she dies at the barricade and doesn’t get the guy…she has the best songs…plus Lea Salonga has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard…when I saw the trailer for the new film…again I was captivated by the voices and the music of Boublil and Schonberg….

The unabridged audiobook is 57 hours…I’m probably only a quarter of the way through…with only ten days left until Christmas there are those with doubts (Patty)…but it will be done…

Let’s pause for a moment to enjoy another clip from the movie….

The fact that everyone sang live and that there will be no songs dubbed in…well that is just amazing…there have been film adaptations of Les Miserables before but I am confident that this will be the best yet.  I’ll update on my progress and on anything French I decided to do to prepare!

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Mika- Happy Ending – Unplugged

I was thinking of this song went to the MikaSounds website and this was the first video…how’s that for a smile maker!

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Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything…

Kept hearing this very poignant song on Sirius that manages to fit in lyrics about mash potatos and chicken wings…Take a listen.

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