Within the spectrum of media formats, physical music has the unique ability to be memorable. If you ask anyone on the street to name their first CD, chances are they can. Contrast that with digital downloads. Can anyone remember their first MP3? Likely: *crickets*
A material, touchable record that you can hold in your hand is tangible proof of your taste in music at a certain time in your life. That’s really remarkable if you think about it.
You can look to your record collection as a timeline that maps out your changing preferences, varying moods and personal episodes. (
Kinda like the Facebook Timeline but way better)
Your accumulated music collection can even provide cultural data! (Yes, people really did like MC Hammer and his parachute pants in the late 80s and early 90s.) (‘N Sync vs. Backstreet Boys was, like, a real dilemma in 1998.)
Isn’t that just so darn cool? Now, here’s my challenge to you. Can you recall your first CD? — if you can, tell us what it was in the comments section below. You can also let us know @murfiemusic with the hashtag #myfirstCD .
Everybody! Let’s determine once and for all if the sentiment holds true: you always remember your first (CD).