I usually pick 3 or 4 discs for a session and listen to the entire disc. The 3 or 4 usually turns into 5 or more most of the time!! Hi,my name is Tommy,I am a musicholic!!
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I randomly go pick out records and play them, both sides, as I do everything in the house, pretty much the entire time I am home.
I watch my wife and crack up. She will listen to digital music, she does use the tube pre-amp instead of just through the reciever, which is good, until a song comes up she really likes.
Then she will go look to see if we have it on vinyl, cue it up, and switch to the vinyl version.
So she gets it.
I am subjected to music I for the most part don't like (or am tired of hearing) all day at work. It usually takes a while after I get home to even be in the mood to listen to music.
I usually grab one CD or album at a time. Sometimes one will suggest another. I was fortunate to obtain quite a few mint records from my last job (for free!). I pretty much grabbed everything I could carry that I was remotely curious about. I try to give these a listen when I have some time to sit down really pay attention to them.
I also love to listen to music while cooking. This doesn't always work so well with vinyl.
For serious listening I go to my audio room. Usually have a mood in mind. 1st go to Lp or SACD if I have it. One tune suggests another. Inevitably I fire up my Fender tube amp, get out my harp mic(yea,that"Green" thang)and my harps then crawl into demz bluz yet once again. By then my wife usually steps in to hear me jam with a tune or two. Lucky man I be. Doesn't require any drug to get high (been there - done that) ... just the music.
Mostly off the music server of late. I burn CDs to the server prior to listening usually rather than pop them in the player. Then, I often put selected cuts on random play off the server so I do not know what is coming next. A good way to listen to and re-discover music objectively without pre-conceptions going in.
I also burn records to CD and then transfer those to music server as well when I can, but transferring records to CD is still a time consuming process.
I usually have a specific song or CD in mind when I sit down to listen and go from there. I never have a listening session planned with all the titles ready to go.
I'm not suggesting it's a bad idea or that there's something wrong with people who do. In fact it's probably a good idea, but I just never do it.
Clean album side, prep pro cd burner, record side one, clean 2nd album side, unpause burner, label disc, spend 10 min picking other album, clean side one, put new cd in pro burner, record, clean side 2 of lp, unpause burner, spend 15-20 min picking next album, clean side 1, record on cd, clean side 2, record on cd, spend 20-30 min picking album out...and so on until the 6-7 album takes me into the wee hours of the morning...where I have fallen asleep, and the turntable stylus has plowed a nice trench into the last groove of side 2. Next day, the saga continues.