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…and over the years I bought (and received) a lot of them.

Mo' sno' glo'!

If I bought one for myself, I’d write where/when I got it on the bottom.

Salem, Massachusetts: 10/9/99

If it was given to me as a gift, I’d write the year and name of the person who gave it to me on the bottom.

From Beth: 1999

But after sitting in a box in my dad’s basement for years, I finally donated all of them to Milwaukee’s ReStore, which raises money for Milwaukee’s Habitat for Humanity program.

So if you’re in the market for some old snow globes, get down there ASAP.

No mo’ sno’ glo’,

-Shady

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a fair amount of my DVDs.

Now, I’ve moved on to my CD collection, which over the years has admittedly grown to a ridiculous size. I decided to tackle this enormous task by first getting rid of my burned (not purchased) CDs.

Back in the day (early 2000s), I’d go to the library, borrow the maximum amount of albums, copy them to blanks, and then add them to my collection. Over time, the burns in my collection grew to numerous hundreds.

My ever-shrinking CD collection.

The big question though was, “What do I do with these burned CDs?” I could chuck ’em, easy. But then they’d just be sitting in a landfill where they’d still be on the day I took my last breath. Also, even though they’re just burns, we’re still talking about some quality (and free) music here!

My good friend Erik Rose suggested donating them to a School of Rock. There, my burns could become a library of sorts for kids to pull and learn from. Not only was that not a bad idea, but we actually know a couple that are opening a new School of Rock in Woodland Hills in 2015.

And so tomorrow I’m parting ways with hundreds of hours of music I’ve grown to love over the years. Sure, I have them all ripped and backed up, but I put a shitload of effort and time into the creation of these discs, so a little part of me will be sad to see them go.

Another (bigger) part, however, will be happy to pass them on to a new generation of music lovers and creators.

If one song on one album connects with one kid, it will all have been worth it.

And then my CD collection was nearly halved,

-Shady

…and now I have this on my CD shelf:

As an Elvis fan, I’ve accumulated quite a number of The King’s albums over the years. From greatest hits collections to live and rare recordings, I’ve pretty much got Elvis covered when it comes to the CDs on my shelf. Unfortunately–and this tends to be the case with a lot of legendary performers–quite a bit of material gets doubled up in the process. For example, “Suspicious Minds” might show up on three or four different collections. Of course, it’s not that big of a deal, but it does take up a lot of space.

This four-disc set might not be the end-all collection of Elvis’ catalog. (And, let’s be honest, short of a definitive, 100-disc set that collects every recording the man ever made, no set ever will meet those standards.) But what this set manages to do is span a wide range of Elvis’ music, collecting 100 tracks from throughout his career, making it possible for Elvis fans to at least consolidate some of their collection.

Starting with Elvis’ self-financed demo recording of “My Happiness” in 1953 and ending with a live performance of “Unchained Melody” in 1977, the set marries the classics with the rarities, the live recordings with the demos. (Note: The set actually ends with JXL’s terrible remix of “A Little Less Conversation,” but I don’t include that song in the set because, well, it’s not Elvis.)

His Christmas classics are here (“(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)”), as are his gospels (“Crying in the Chapel”) and country music (“Funny How Time Slips Away”). It’s an eclectic mix, sure, but it’s hard to be entirely cohesive when you’re collecting nearly 25 years worth of recordings.

The package it comes in is darn pretty, too. The box set opens up to reveal a thick, 80-page booklet that documents the life and times of Elvis with an essay from music critic and historian Billy Altman, and a bunch of rare photos of Presley throughout his career. The design of the booklet isn’t essential to the music on the discs, but because of its attention to detail the set becomes a collectible shelf piece.

If you like Elvis but aren’t interested in getting a bunch of different discs, this comprehensive set should be more than enough for you. If you’re like me and own a bunch of this music already, pick it up and have it all in one condensed package.

Time to free up some CD shelf space,

-Shady