I spent this weekend cataloging my vinyl collection and I have to say, it was a bitch. I started to use Discogs since they developed an app for smartphones. I do have to say that the amount of Latin music listed has gotten so much better since 2-3 years ago thanks to a lot of collectors and sellers on the website, but still there was still so much that was not on there. It might have been an album in general, or just something easy as adding a different edition, like a US release versus a Mexican edition.
My wife has no patience for this type of hobby. She doesn’t mind collecting as she has her own collection of Christmas music, but the concept of cataloging and knowing what she has, hence when I began the cataloging I had to pull out duplicates. She likes the idea of having a list but not creating the list. Me, I don’t mind the work. Yes, it is a daunting task but it has to be done.
The sad part is that I think the internet has made us stupid. I think back to when I began collecting music in the 80’s. I hunted down everything and bought new items almost weekly. I listened to vinyl and CDs regularly and had a great collection. It was bigger than it is now and I didn’t need to catalog anything. I knew exactly what I had…maybe not the exact edition or country but for the most part back then, I wasn’t thinking about the obsessiveness of having every edition from every country. I was just interested in the music and if I had it based on the cover art more than anything.
Maybe it could be that over the years, I have bought and sold so many times that it is hard for me to keep track in my head but I am finding out that going digital has changed how I collected music. It wasn’t about editions, or covers anymore. It was about having the music. I don’t like that feeling. I don’t like feeling that I am missing owning music and missing the knowledge of knowing what I own physically and not virtually.
At this point, all the vinyl is cataloged and I am moving on to the CDs next. I know someone with a wall full of CDs, I would hate to have to start from the beginning of cataloging that collection. Mine is not as big, but still substantial. It will be another task I take on to get it in the app, but I think it is necessary in order to keep my sanity and my collection organized.