Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sharity Blues Part 2

Getting into the world of Christmas music sharity has its ups and downs. I wrote earlier about the down with the Pied Pipers record that came with a flexi-disc taped to it. Another hazard to the hobby is a record that is too scratchy to enjoy. I've bought several records that were risky based on looks. Fortunately, for 99 cents or less, the investment is minimal.

Then there's this: You make a great find, record looks to be in great shape, you bring it home, and then find out that it's available on CD or digital release. No sharing allowed. I've had several of these this year, as a new contributor to the hobby. Great music, but can't share it out. Here's a few examples that I've brought home:

The Lettermen

The Kingston Trio

Connie Francis

Patti Page

And then there are the records that aren't in print digitally, but have already been shared out by others. No need to share them again. Oh well - can't remember everything that's out there. And don't feel like checking each one via SmartPhone before buying.
Fortunately, the ups of this hobby greatly exceed the downs, most notably the excitment of finding new (to me) music that is really good.  Even though I have quite a few non-sharable records, I have a decent number ready to share over the course of the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy them!


  1. That's one of the dangers. But it's ultimately good news because it means that the music is getting released.

    And sometimes it's still worth sharing something that somebody else has. Maybe you have a better copy or recording.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I would also encourage you to not worry whether or not someone else has shared something. If you buy it, listen to it and like it, then share it. You may do a better job than someone else, or you may reach an audience that they don't. Plus if someone else enjoys it because you shared it, then it's all worth it.

  3. Thanks for the encouraging words, gentlemen. I have several albums that fall into this category. May get a couple out this year, but if not, I'll have them ready next year.