Recently, I decided to try Facebook again. If this is offensive to you, sorry – but it is a way to attract more readers. And without readers, my website is nothing much.
Yesterday, happy birthday to John Mayall (1933)!
Today, happy birthday to Felix Cavaliere (of The Rascals) (1944), Billy Idol (Generation X) (1955) and to Shuggie Otis (1953), son of Johnny Otis.
So, it’s cold in Southern California now. Gets down in the 40’s at night, I think. It is cold-ish here. Whether or not it is cold / wet was never a determining factor, in my eternal search for recorded music. I remember going to Village Music in Mill Valley, CA when it was absolutely raining beyond belief. I also recall my first visit to Portland, OR when it was over 100F for 5 or 6 days! (2006, I think).
My home does not have central heating. I just have one heater in the dining room, away from the records. And it’ll have to get colder before I fire it up!
I cannot imagine living somewhere like Singapore, where humidity plays a part in all of your decisions about how to store music. I remember landing in New Zealand, and smelling mold! I have also encountered mold in Tokyo. Mold, the adversary of paper!
I have also bought stuff in Tokyo, where I had to change out the innersleeve, because it smelled like cigarettes. I think it was Nishi-Shinjuku where I found a Miles Davis laserdisc for a good price, but the guy in there was smoking cigarettes – and it was a TINY record store. Yes, I got the Miles LD, but I changed as much of the packaging as possible, before putting it in a resealable bag. So, the rice paper innersleeve got changed.
Have you ever encountered anything about mold or smell on your records that you took steps to try and minimize? I remember the smell of glue on French LP’s that was rather strong – and guess what? I had to end up re-gluing MANY of my French LP’s! It seems they just burst! But I have a system for re-gluing LP covers that seems to work. It involves removing the LP, putting a long thin piece of cardboard underneath what I am going to glue etc.
Many years ago, I started putting CD’s into sleeves that I got from a store where I worked that was going out of business – the sleeves are from Japan, and they can hold the disc and the booklet easily. But, as the years go by, I get Japanese paper sleeve CD’s, and then I repatriate the CD envelopes.
So, today it’s me whining about paper, mold etc. December will have all newly written stuff. Should I have a theme for December? Probably not. It’s difficult to write to a theme, for me. But we will all definitely get to the end of December. I wish everybody a safe journey to that end.