Computer Go BOOM!

My computer, you know, the one with 16,000 songs on it? Well, it blew up. It gave me all the warning signs that something was terribly wrong by making little electronic “glitchy” sounds when I logged off at night. My wife warned me I should back up my library, but I procrastinated. I started to (got through all the “A’s and B’s) but didn’t finish, and the other night it made one last gurgle, emitting a sound not unlike that Mel Blank robot from the old Buck Rogers series back in the early 80’s—budhabudhabudhabudhabudha—and then…. nothing.

I backed up my iTunes library to DVD last year but have added quite a lot of new stuff since then, and an unholy portion of it is in MP3 format only, so that percentage of my collection is gone for good. The bronze lining here is that most of my core stuff is either backed up or still on cd, although I did trade in a lot of the old cd’s for some newer ones, getting a return of 1 for every 4 (what a deal!!) But that’s ok, because to tell you the truth I was getting a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tunes. I mean, there’s stuff on there that I’ve never even heard!

So it’s time to pare down and take stock of the music that really matters to me most, and let the rest of it go bye-bye. My only regret is that I have collected a lot of individual and rare songs over the years that I’ll probably never be able to find again, and that some artists that I just started to get into (Robyn Hitchcock, primarily) are erased and I’ll have to repurchase. I still have all of the songs on my iPod, but I don’t know how to transfer them to a new iTunes library and, quite frankly, I’m not sure I want to.