On a suggestion from the KEXP blog, Kenny and I recently invested in a few sets of DiscSox CD sleeves. He came home from band practice the other night to find me snapping open all of my old jewel cases and transferring the CDs + front and back inserts into sleeves. He joined me and helped me finish my collection, and then we got out his big CD Logic books and started transferring his CDs from those as well. The sleeves (and the storage tray) are wonderful because they allow for storage of the inserts in addition to the CDs, they save enormous amounts of space, they are easy to sift through quickly, and they won’t crack like our old jewel cases did.
And now both of our CD collections are integrated into one large alphabetized library. Pretty weird. I suppose it’s one of those things we needed to do before the wedding to really feel like we were forming a union. But there were a few coincidences that worked out nicely in the unification process, e.g. I own Pablo Honey, Amnesiac, Kid A, and Hail to the Thief; Kenny owns OK Computer and The Bends; between the two of us we have a pretty good Radiohead collection (oddly, OK Computer and The Bends are my two favorite Radiohead albums, so I don’t know why I’ve owned the others and not those two all this time). There were a couple of other artists for whom we now have the complete oeuvre with no duplicates, and other nice scenarios where we did not have overlap simply because one of us had lost a CD somewhere down the line.
It all seems to bode well for the marriage thing. And I know KW will never want to call it off because he’d lose my entire Beatles collection.