A lighthearted bit of introspection here. I have about 700 albums and continue to buy more regularly. Although this spans 25 years of collecting, I’d say 500 of those were bought in the past 5 years. So it seems likely to grow a bit.
Now, even before kids, I had problems balancing the enjoyment of my existing music with new stuff. But then I know people who have 20,000 albums!
And I got to thinking. What’s the point? How do you even enjoy that? If we say an album is an average length of 45 minutes, then 20,000 albums would take 625 days to play end-to-end once each. Or 4 years if you’re retired and play music solid 12 hours a day with no repeats. No one does that. Do people at the 10k mark just not listen to the same album more than once? Or listen to albums like the rest of us and just own a lot of stuff they have never played (and never will)?
Personally, I play new albums many times. I can’t enjoy most music on the first few plays. I need to absorb it, digest, and then it starts to be an electric experience. And I come back to everything after a while a rediscover it again.
If I had 10k plus would this even be possible? Would having a collection be meaningful? Certainly before streaming existed, I had a friend with thousands in a dedicated room. He reckoned he could appreciate anything in one play and with so much music, life was too short for “repeats”. He wanted to own them because most were not radio material and he was obsessed with trivia in liner notes.
Thoughts? Insights? Experiences?