Seven Things for Which I'm Musically Thankful

4. I'm thankful for the digital revolution.

Did the digital music revolution change my life? Threaten my livelihood?

Of course.

So you might expect me to be some kind of a throwback in this regard.

But how can you not love a 160GB iPod? Hundreds of songs on your phone? Endless amounts of awesome performance footage on YouTube? Instant access to almost any album you could want on Spotify?

You gotta love it. Even if you are a Record Store Geek.

So I roll with the changes and enjoy the digital ride.

5. I'm thankful that you are reading this.

If you weren't reading this, I assume I wouldn't get to do it.

I honestly have no idea how many people read the columns (I don't get a stat sheet or anything), but I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you.

6. I'm thankful I invested money in my music collection.

Even though I do enjoy the digital ride, I still prefer listening to CDs and LPs whenever I can. And I like owning my music, which to me means I have to be able to hold it in my hand. Over the years, I've spent a lot of money on my music collection. I've always considered it an investment for my soul.

It's been a great investment.

And, as it turns out, the investment has been a good one in general. As the music world gets more digital, more and more albums (CDs and LPs) are going out of print, and consequently, up in value. I'm not moving into an upper tax bracket or anything, but it's better than I expected.

Which is great. Not that I'd ever sell anything.

7. I'm thankful I went to so many concerts in my 20s and 30s.

I say this mainly because I just don't have the oomph to get out and go to bunch now that I'm in my 40s. Or maybe I do have the oomph, but I just like hanging out in our little pad with my family more.

Either way, I don't go to that many shows.

Luckily, I took in hundreds of shows back when I was a pup. They really do provide me with some great memories to go with my collection.

A Happy Music Holiday to All

That's just a few of my musical things. There's a whole plethora of non-musical things as well.

Hopefully the same goes for you.

And your holiday season is full of both.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek and Jackalope Ranch's Parent Hood.

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