CD Saturday (With Special Guest, Coldplay) ...
It's no easy feat, storing 800 CDs. So over the years, as my collection has grown, I've purchased various CD storage solutions.
But I've never been good about keeping them organized in any meaningful way. I kept chunks together – Springsteen, Sting/The Police, Clapton, U2 – but one- and two-off artists were harder to find.
And when I bought my latest CD storage solution, I just crammed a bunch of CDs in it. No rhyme, no reason.
So yesterday was the day that I took every CD out of every storage location (they don't all fit in the new storage thingee), took them into the kitchen, and started sorting into piles, A through Z. Well, A through Y, really. No Zs. Luckily, I have a very long counter.
Once I had my alpha-piles (lots of Ss, Ms, and Cs), I alphabetized each and started reinstalling them in my new storage thingee. When I ran out of space, I cleared out the dresser on which the storage thingee sits and continued my alphabetizing in the drawers.
Which meant I needed to find a place for all my DVDs. Which I did. So now everything is nice and organized. And last night, when I wanted to find a CD, it was a snap.
CDs organized, I headed to Borders to secure Viva La Vida, the latest Coldplay disc.
The whole impetus for organizing the CDs was the need to stay home until at least 11 a.m. when the second Coldplay show was going on sale. Even with a pre-sale code, I drew crappy seats for the first show, so I held out for a second show. Sure enough, they added one, the day before the first show. The first tickets I drew weren't the greatest, so I threw them back and fished again. The next pair were awful, way up in the third tier of the United Center. But I kept fishing. I had nothing to lose at that point, and ended up with a very respectable pair. Not the best seats in the house, but far from the worst.
The show is a month from today, so I was keen to get the new disc and start getting familiar with it. I'd read a
I popped the disc in on the way home. I listened to the opening track three times in a row. The whole album is really strong. I like X&Y, but it seemed quite similar to A Rush Of Blood To The Head. This album, though, while still Coldplay, is different. Better.
I know a lot of people think Coldplay is a cliché, but as Chris Martin says in the EW Q&A, "... I think it's nice to be big enough to be unfashionable. It's a luxury problem."