Saturday, January 10, 2009


Several months ago, when I first realized we would actually be building a house, I began looking for storage solutions to make my life...AND MOVE...easier. This is a Rubbermaid box I found at K-Mart or Wal-Mart. It is called a Keepsake Photo and Media Box. It helped me get all my music organized and confined to one place. The boxes hold 27 DVD's or 32 CD's or 15 VHS tapes. I used mine to hold my CD's. I bought 12 boxes and labelled them according to type: Christian Men, Christian Women, Christian Group, Oldies, Pop Men, Pop Women, Pop Group, Instrumental, Christmas, Children, etc. Then I sorted and loaded.

When we started building the Creek House, Don wanted a nice sound system in the house. That was fine with me, but waaaay over my level of understanding. I have just loved my old CD player that I could load 5 CD's into at once. I could carry it around anywhere I wanted to go. Then I learned how to load CD's onto my laptop and listen from there. That's worked well for me, also. Now, I don't know what all is involved in this sound system that runs through this house...but, it must be a cool thing. I have seen too many folk's eyes light up when they see all the guts of the thing. I know where it is...and I know it has many parts...and I know there are many lights on it and words scrolling by. And, the sound can come out in any room I want it to...if I knew how to make that happen...which I don't. Which is why I love my old 'boom box'. I know just how it works and just where to whack it when it jams up. We have an understanding.

The young man who has been working in our house on this system for the last few months told me it was possible to load all the CD's that I have into this system. Then, when I want to listen to one of them, I can just pull it up on the keypad wherever I am in the house. They would also be listed by artist or album title, or genre. "Excellent," I said. He promised that he would give me all the lessons I needed until I learned to work it. I did not realize that I would be investing so much time in getting to the 'listening' part!

It turns out that before we could load them into the music system...they first had to be loaded onto the computer...then transferred to an external hard drive...then into the system. That, my friends, is about 3 steps too many for me. Anyway, for the last month I have been ripping CD's onto my laptop...everytime I opened the computer. Every. single. time. And, I have finally finished! That would be 12 boxes full. That would be 12 boxes X 32 CD's in each box! That would be approximately 384 CD's! But, I am finished. Done!

Now, Alex takes my computer, and he puts them onto the external hard drive. (I went to the store with a note in my hand saying what to buy...I really have no idea what an external hard drive is.) Next they will be loaded onto the system and forever more I will have my music at my fingertips...or at least at my keypad. And, I will listen to beautiful music through the speakers that dot every ceiling in my house.

I remember the first transistor radio that I had. I thought it was the grandest thing that I could listen to all the cool music on the radio from this little box I held in my hand. I discovered that I could even turn the volume down very low and put it under my pillow and listen to it all night...or until the battery died. That was a rude awakening for me when I discovered that to be able to listen to the had to buy the batteries. And to buy the had to have money. And, if you were not wise enough to save some of your were doomed to a life without the glorious sounds of 60's and 70's pop music. Bummer! My parents were very good about teaching us and showing us these hard life lessons. And, my little sister would NOT let you listen to her radio...even if she was not listening to it!

I remember 8 track tapes and how excited I was to have a tape player installed in my car. 8 track tapes cost more than batteries. Funny how the older you get, the more your toys cost, huh? Then the cassette tapes made the 8 tracks obsolete. And it was oh, so much easier to carry around the little cassettes. Then, there were the Walkmans, and the CD's and the ipod...and on it goes.

Today, I asked some of the kindergarten students what they got for Christmas. Several of them got ipods! I told them I had one, too. I did not, however, tell them that I did not know how to work it! It baffles this aging brain of mine to think of how they will get their music when they are What will be the next big thing to make our music available to us? If we knew, we probably could not even fathom it.

Oh how far music has come since someone long, long ago first noticed the sound the wind made as it blew across the top of a reed growing by a stream. Music...we gotta have way or another.


Musicaljean said...

What a great walk through time. I remember when I was a pre-teenager at home and we had a beautiful console record player/radio in the living room. From there we wired up a speaker in the far away kitchen and also in the upstairs hallway. I can still remember listening to the Ranger Bill radio program as I cleaned my room on Saturday mornings. What amazes me is that the entire family had to be content to listen to the exact same thing. Unheard of anymore!

LivingTheLife said...

Oh! I DO so know what you mean...I too, don't know what an external hard drive is...just wish I had someone to teach me ALL this stuff...without rattling off things like PDF, external hard-drive, input, output...geez...that is just all so foreign to me...I mean seriously, they loose me from the onset...I am completely dumbfounded by all the technology out today...I'm happy with my old cd player...that I can take from room to doesn't EVEN have remote's that old! I do have an it...still figuring it out...I got some type of cable in my stocking this year that is suppose to allow me to listen to it through my car stereo...I've yet to figure THAT out! Oh Well...I'll get my son or DIL to figure that out next time they're here.

I loved the walk down memory lane...I remember my first transistor. My brother and I both received them for Christmas one year...mine was beigey/pinky...his was brown. He was such a stinker however, he HAD to know how everything wasn't long before he had his completely torn apart...just to see what made that little kitten purr. I don't think he EVER got it back completely right...b/c I remember his having electrical tape holding it together after a fair amount of time had passed. Mine of course was in pristine condition...until the day my parents gave me my first Hi-fi...OH! The thrill of that day...the two albums that I received along with it...were...Petula Clark "Downtown" and Charley Pride? How diverse WAS that!

I'm so excited for you and quite impressed that you have gotten as far along with the whole music process as you have. I know once all the work is will be most satisfying to hear your lovely sounds throughout the house.


nancygrayce said...

I had a few things on my ipod, they disappeared. That was the end of that.

Melinda said...

I remember when my Dad had an 8-track player in his car, and I remember thinking it was so cool when he got one with a cassette player and you could wind to the song you wanted instead of having to repeat a whole track to hear your favorite, lol.

Good for you on the organization!

YaYa's Funhouse said...

I love the organization.. I remember I got a small turn-table record player to play my 45's on....I thought I was it....HA!!!! "My Boots are Made for Walking",,,,, HA!!!

justabeachkat said...

Isn't our modern technology mind blowing!?


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I'm slowly learning the jargon of new technology. It's tough when kids know more than us!
Sounds like you have a wonderful sound system in your new home. Enjoy. Take care, DebraK

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great sound system, just got to learn all the quirks.
You will get it, and then you will really love it.
Have a blessed day

andi said...

Howdy!!!! Love the sheet music. You should shadow box old music for your studio with contemp pictures or something artsy that you could come up with. :)