The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays (9/18/2017)—You’re my best friend but I’m never going back again

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

I often get asked what my favorite songs, albums, and artists are. My usual response is “Any song, album, or artist that is in my collection.”

However, in my next pass through my collection of non-classical music, I will be paying close attention to those songs which really get my foot stomping.  I will be making a list of them and then creating an SD card that I can play constantly on my little SoundBlaster Roar 2. Roar 2 accompanies me to the yard for gardening and the garage for storing, and since I like music on when I sleep, it will accompany me to the bedroom and help me sleep.

SanDisk now has 512GB SD cards which cost about $275. The SD Card is so small that it could be easy to lose or damage, making that an expensive $275…. The rumor mill says they have a prototype 1TB SD card but that rumor is 366 days old now. It will take me a little over six months to make this last pass, so maybe six months from now that 1TB card will be available.

Meanwhile, I have started my list with a few songs off the top of my head. Here are five of them so you can hear what makes my foot stomp.

“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen, 1975

“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac, 1977

“Generation Clash” by Accept, 1989

“Hunting Humans (Insatiable)” by Rainbow, 1995

“Hot Rod Heart” by John Fogerty, 1997

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8 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (9/18/2017)—You’re my best friend but I’m never going back again

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I listen to all my non-classical music in chronological order so I can tell you exactly what I listened to on what day, courtesy of Excel. I last listened to the Fleetwood Mac album on May 2, 2017. It takes me just over 6 months to listen to everything if I average 10 hours of listening per day.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I used to think that because at my peak I had 15,512 vinyl albums, 4,232 vinyl 45’s, 781 vinyl 78’s, 813 cassettes, 67 reel-to-reels, and 492 CDs. Then I created a way to catalog everything in Excel, as well as keeping track of when I listened to something.

          When I escaped from Texas in April 1993, I took only 100 CDs with me. The rest stayed in Texas and two of my office managers sold everything to some outfits in Austin and Houston. Now I have nothing but digital music.

          I just increased my non-classical collection to 1,528½ hours. The classical collection is about 6,000 hours but I’m still cataloging it. I grew up playing the piano and the violin, as well as singing, and my husband has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in piano performance. Currently he plays in a chamber music trio and accompanies voice and instrument students at San Diego State University and privately. It’s a good thing that I’m self-employed and work from home so I can spend every spare minute listening to music.

          Music. It’s life!

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  1. ivors20

    You have a wonderful collection of music, and I’ve lots of old favourites too. Maybe I could send a few Aussie songs that you mightn’t have heard, I’m only new to this digital transportation….



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