Bettie and I had a road trip last weekend. On the way back, I was talking to Bettie about my desire to live more intentionally, to be more in charge of my life. I don’t want things to be in charge, I want to be in charge of things.
One of the illustrations I brought up was my collection of CDs. I have hundreds (many of the cutout variety), and it’s my goal to rip them all and store the physical ones downstairs. I have lots loaded already but still many lots more to go. The ones left undone are bothering me – getting in my head and distracting me. In the spirit of “I’m in charge of my stuff”, I wanted to get rid of the junk (not everything, but lots) and just keep my favorites.
Then Tuesday I get a request from my minister. There is a memorial service planned for Thursday night for Don Davis. Jeff wanted me to put together some background music for the service, something upbeat. So I selected fifty-six of my favorite upbeat albums, and spent Wednesday evening putting together a good mix. There are actually two mixes, one for before the service and one for after. The “after” starts out with Cannon in D (sic) from the Van Dyne Parks album Clang of the Yankee Reaper. I still think of that song as “A Mighty Fortress is our God”, and this kick-butt version has nothing to do with Pachelbel.
I look over the CDs that I picked out and find that I (in my old frame of mind) would have removed about half of them as not needed.
But I would have thrown them out with the best intentions.
Ain’t happening now. They stay.