I think it is safe to say I am one of the only people who still purchases an actual copy of an album when it is released.
To me, digitally downloading something is just not the same as having an actual copy of the CD or vinyl record in front of me.
Being one of the only people who still purchases CDs, I am at an advantage. Everyone else is getting rid of their old CDs to local thrift shops, where I can go and pick up some of my favorite albums for low prices.
I would say I have upward of 100 CDs and over 200 vinyl records in my collection.
I don’t collect one specific genre. Though I have favorites, I will give any genre a shot. For example, for rock I love Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones and for pop I love Beyonce and Adele. As far as rap goes, I’ve been getting into Childish Gambino and The Roots. Even country music is starting to grow on me – I have to admit to liking Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.
With that being said, here is how my music collecting began. I was in the first or second grade when my dad let me buy my first album on the Internet that would be delivered to our house.
The album was Shania Twain’s “Come on Over.” If you know me well enough, you know country is definitely not my favorite genre of music, but there is still something about this album I love.
Maybe it’s because it is the first album I ever made the conscious decision on my own to purchase. Who knows what my decision-making process was, but it remains one of my favorite country albums to date.
Admit it, many of you can’t help but sing along whenever “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” is playing on the radio.
I personally think this album contained some of Twain’s best hits such as “You’re Still The One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and, of course, “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.”
It was this album that really got her career going. It ended up staying on the charts for about two years and selling over 40 million copies, making it the best-selling country album to this date.
I think much can be learned about a person by the clothes they wear, the movies and television shows they watch, the gadgets they purchase and the music to which they listen.
Column by Savannah Sawyer, Assistant Features Editor.