One of the perks of being married to James is the veritable library of music in our house. Music is one of his hobbies. Everything I own, he already has—except for the lame / embarrassing stuff. So I’ve stopped buying music and instead just pick something new from the shelf.
His collection includes more genres than wikipedia (well maybe not but pretty damn close), from the greats to the most obscure. Mixed into the collections are a few box sets, which neatly package the music he already owns and loves into mixes. Some people start with these box sets, James buys them for posterity. Each song has already been listened to, loved and shelved. But for me, these are mostly new. Lately I’ve been listening to some of his post punk collections. I went through all of the Post Punk Chronicles and am now onto Dispatches from the 80’s Underground. I was proud that I already knew about 40% of the songs.