There are few artists these days that have the honor of physical-not digital-space in my music collection. Most music I get is purchased through iTunes or from other legit downloading sites. However, on occasion I will buy a physical CD, for some of my favorite artists. Here’s why:
When you get a real CD, it’s like opening a present. Sometimes your favorite artist deserves to make you feel the giddy-ness and rush of opening something fresh and new. I am here to enlighten you on the sounds, smells, and feelings of opening that brand-new CD so you can listen to your latest fav.
First off, buying it. You go to the music store (where’s that? check google, iTunes won’t help you there), browse around your area of interest (Christian Rock/Metal, which doesn’t really have a category at HMV in Canada), pass over some Metallica, Disturbed, Lamb of God (What?), and flip through the D’s to Disciple-Yes! There’s a new one!, Demon Hunter-Awesome! They have a new one too! So you grab a few of your favorites and start flipping them over, reading the backs, checking out the song titles. No need to pre-listen, they’re your favorites and can’t possibly be bad! Buying them is just a matter of course. You get to the front; what, no line? Cool! Buy your CD’s and bring them home.
Now comes the fun part: Opening and unwrapping them. As you turn over your purchase, you look for that little tiny tag of plastic that shows you where to peel, and not finding it, you start looking for seams. The cellophane is crisp in your fingers and squeaks a bit as you try to peel it. Yes! Found a corner! Now you rip it all off an toss it along with all the stickers and junk and you open your jewel case for the first time. It’s a bit harder to open and pops open to reveal the inside artwork of the jacket and the CD itself. Cool! Instantly you smell plastic and new ink (which smells a bit like crayons). You have two choices: either pop in the CD to your player (Hey, it don’t fit in my iPhone, where to put it?) or start reading the jacket. Personally, I gently pull the CD off it’s center clip; it’s a little tough the first time and almost looks like it’ll break the CD, but then pop! It comes out with a satisfying click as the delicious disk comes off in your fingers. If my ears had a tongue, it would be salivating at this point.
So you turn on your stereo and put the disk in, close it, crank it, and start listening… Unreal! It’s insane! That opening song is serious stuff (Demon Hunter-Crucifix)! What? How did they do THAT with a guitar! Anyway, as the songs keep playing and you stop thrashing in the living room, you pick up your glasses from the corner where they flew off your face and get a chance to sit down and start looking over the artwork of this beautiful CD. The smell of new ink hits your nose (Crayons?) and you unfold the thing, start looking at the songs, the band, whatever other little gems are in that jacket. Cool, the backside is like a poster when you unfold it!
Ok, time to rip it and get it onto your PC, player, phone, whatever! Get them songs in rotation!
So as you can see, sometimes buying a new physical CD is worth the price for the experience of enjoying your favorite artists all the more. I’m sure glad that every once-in-a-while I get the chance to go to the store and honor my favorite artists with a purchase.
The last physical CDs I bought:
Demon Hunter: True Defiance, The World is a Thorn
Disciple: Horseshoes & Handgrenades, O God Save Us All