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Lists in Preparation

           

Hmmmm. It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything that there are probably few explanations more extensive than the “I’ve been busy” one that might say anything useful. And, if you’ve been waiting oh-so-patiently for some news to hit this page … well, you’re going to have to wait just a bit longer.

What started as a pleasurable activity—compiling a list of my favorite releases for a calendar year and distributing a sampler to a select group of friends—has increasingly become something of a burden and nightmare. The last couple of years have seen me scrambling in late November and early December both to listen to notable releases already in my possession and to purchase and give careful consideration to a bunch of other contenders. Last year in particular, when I decided to send out a two-disc compilation, the whole endeavor really taxed me, particularly as the distribution list grew to 30 and burning, labeling and testing as many CD-R sets, not to mention addressing envelopes and putting them in the mail, consumed time that I might have fruitfully devoted to, I don’t know, relaxing….

Being totally honest, I should also admit that I was more than annoyed that a few people—each of whom barely rose above the level of acquaintance, but still begged to receive a comp in the mail (you know who you are)—didn’t even extend me the courtesy of acknowledging that they received anything. The whole experience has left me wondering whether it makes any sense to continue doing this, if ever it did.

Anyway, belly-aching aside, sometime in the next couple of weeks, you’ll see an honorable mention list on the Musings page. It will probably contain at least as many entries as the 2005 best-of list that will be posted simultaneously on the Faves page of this site. And, when you’ve had the chance to look both lists over, hopefully you won’t be too sad knowing that they, and the compilation a much smaller number of you will receive, will probably be the last of their kind…

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