Sometimes I feel as if the act of listening to my music collection is becoming a Sisyphean task. Let me explain:
Since I began my digital music collection in earnest in 2005, I’ve amassed close to 14,000 tracks, most of which I’ve simply ripped from my CD collection or downloaded from podcasts. How much music is this, exactly? Over 36 continuous days. If I were to average one hour of listening per day, it would take me close to two and a half years to traverse through my entire collection without repeating a single track.
While this is infinitely cool, it also presents a problem, as my “oldest” tracks were last heard as far back as May 2009. And this queue of old tracks keeps growing ever larger, as I keep amassing tracks but don’t really increase my average listening time per day. Quality songs are getting lost in the shuffle, so to speak. It’s easy to forget about them if they only come around once every two or three years. At the same time, new or unknown artists have it equally bad, as they have scant time to impress me with their music.
My only hope? Weeding. I rarely weed, as I understand all too well my penchant for rediscovering lost music.