First-time visitors to myhouse tend to spend at leastthe first half-hour of theirstay staring in amazement atmy wall of CDs.
I have the length of an entirewall of my dining room, floor toceiling, devoted to my ratherunwieldly ‘collection’ (not thatI consider them to be acollection - collections arenormally made up of thingsyou can’t actually use, like frogornaments and second worldwar stamps). The word‘eclectic’ tends to crop uprather a lot in the post gawp-conversation.I hold my hands up to thatone. I suppose if you havealbums by Slayer, SamuelBarber, Arcade Fire, TheChemical Brothers and BobMarley in equal measure thenyour musical taste can indeedbe described as eclectic (and Iprefer that to the “that manyCDs is just stupid” comment Ihad last year.The thing with eclecticism isthat it has to be tempered withsome kind of logic (mine is thatI have all 4,000+ CDs filedalphabetically by artist andthen chronologically, whichmakes buying albums bybands that begin with Asomething of a traumatic
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