Music on Monday (12/23/2019)—All the machines say, “We’re okay!”

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Excel tells me that I have in my rock & roll music collection 4,260 digital files totaling 1,594 hours, 16 minutes, and 2 seconds. Some of them are individual songs and some are albums.

By listening to my collection for a mere 10 hours each and every day, it only takes me 159 days, 25 minutes, and 36 seconds to listen to everything. Done. Start over. I should disclose that I listen to my collection in chronological order.

File #4,261 will be “Software” by Grace Slick released in 1984.

Grace Slick was the first female rock ‘n’ roll singer whom I liked. I listened to “White Rabbit” and “Someone To Love” by Jefferson Airplane until my wise old grandmother thought that I was in love with a white rabbit. I stayed with Grace through her years with the Jefferson Starship and Starship, only recently discovering that she had four solo albums:

        1. Manhole – 1974 – Peaked at #127 on the Billboard album chart
        2. Dreams – 1980 – Peaked at #32
        3. Welcome to the Wrecking Ball! – 1981 – Peaked at #48
        4. Software – 1984 – Did not chart

I listened to all four albums yesterday. Surprisingly, I didn’t really like Manhole, Dreams, or Welcome to the Wrecking Ball!

Software, though, got my attention. Here’s the track listing:

        1. “Call It Right Call It Wrong”
        2. “Me and Me”
        3. “All the Machines”
        4. “Fox Face”
        5. “Through the Window”
        6. “It Just Won’t Stop”
        7. “Habits”
        8. “Rearrange My Face”
        9. “Bikini Atoll”

“All the Machines” was released as a single, and it is my favorite song on the album.

I was going to include the lyrics, but Musixmatch, the world’s largest collection of song lyrics, has the wrong lyrics. Since they are the world’s largest collection of song lyrics, everyone else has copied them and cited Musixmatch as their source. I think I have something to do later today….

The reviews of “All the Machines are not good. They had comments such as

        1. dated
        2. not your typical Grace Slick
        3. what happened to Grace Slick
        4. synthesizer heavy

I completely agree, but I don’t find any of those to be bad.

Anyway, here it is:

2 thoughts on “Music on Monday (12/23/2019)—All the machines say, “We’re okay!”

  1. mvschulze

    When I bought my first I-pod, 64mb I think, I uploaded everything I had on reel to reel tapes, some going back to when I was about 10 yrs old; plus, lots of albums, CD’s. All totaling about 6500 titles, and some of them 3 hours long from 3600 ft stero tapes. I never counted up the hours, but that I-pod is still in the car (third car now) and still playing. I did manage to go through the whole thing about 2 years ago, and it took 1 1/2 years! M 🙂 Oh, and Most Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I flowed with the times, so I started with a Sears transistor radio in 1966. Then it was small tape recorder, stereo record player, eight-track tape deck, cassette tape deck, reel-to-reel, and CD. When I escaped Texas in April 1993, I had over 15,000 vinyl 33 albums, 1,000 vinyl 45’s, 500 vinyl 78s, and 5,563 CDs. I had originals of some valuable vinyl, such as all Beatles originals including the Butcher Cover, Lynyrd Skynyrd in flames cover, and Rolling Stones Lucille Ball cover. My two office managers got over $200,000 for my collection since I never went back to Texas.

      Only 100 CDs were allowed in the car when I escaped, groups for which I had complete discographies: Beatles, Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath come immediately to mind.

      I started recollecting in July 1993 but CD’s only. Interestingly the complete George Harrison catalog was not released on CD until a decade after his death. In 2007 I decided to go all in with digital, so I ripped all my CDs, about 6,700 of them, and sold them to a collector who bought every single one.

      I’m so happy being all digital because I can take my music anywhere with me. I have a small boombox for playing music out in the yard, home office music computer, and a 4TB flash drive in the car that has my complete non-classical collection on it. Driving now with my music and no commercials is so much more pleasant.



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