Nivi and I keep our music on a hard drive, connected to an old laptop, connected to the stereo. We’ve got maybe a thousand albums on there and we’re sick of every single one. Nivi recently suggested we purge all or most of them, pointing out the very very low likelihood that we’ll ever again listen to 10,000 Maniacs’ “Our Time in Eden.” I refused. You’re probably right, I said, we’ll probably die without ever listening to that album again, but you just never know, do you? What if I wake up one morning and have the inexplicable urge to hear “These Are Days”? What then?
Knowing he was fighting a losing battle with a crazy person, he suggested an alternate plan: Let’s buy more new music, for example, stuff we’re not sick of and that was made post-1995. He suggested we rotate, each person buying a new album every other month. I thought that was a great plan. So fun and spontaneous. So far he’s bought new albums by: Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Sonny & the Sunsets, Ray LaMontagne, Girl Talk and Los Tigres del Norte.
And I’ve bought nothing. I have no incentive to buy anything when Nivi seems to be doing just fine without me, bringing home new music for us both to enjoy. I wish I had some advice for him to get me to follow through on my end of the deal, but for some reason, I’m coming up short. Anyone want to help him out?