Take It Easy… or What Happens When You Find a Working Walkman AND an Eagles CD in the Garage

“What about the Eagles?”

“Perfect,” Dax says as I press Play and the music plays on the cab stereo speakers. For the next few minutes, I sip my coffee in silence, listening to Glen Frey telling me to take it easy as I take in the landscape in front of me. With Bandolier located southwest of Taos, it’s less than a two-hour drive with the sun to the east of us, and I can’t help but thank my lucky stars he’d asked me to come along. I’ve been behind the wheel for so long that I can’t remember when I let go of directions and itineraries and let someone take over for a change. And right now, with Dax in the driver’s seat and taking control, it feels good.

What do you do with your old CDs now that everything has been digitized or worse, only available via streaming?

You keep them, that’s what you do—or at least, that’s what I’m doing! I probably have a thousand CDs in my garage from classic rock like the Eagles to 80’s hits like Duran Duran and Culture Club to Buddha Bar compilations (remember them?) to New Age music I played for my massage sessions.

Anyway, I’m supposed to be sorting things that will go into the donation box but when I find one working Walkman AND an Eagles CD, you know the sorting is gonna be moved to another day.

Everything She Ever Wanted was my homage to the many people, places, and things I loved. From loud and fun family dinners, best friends, introspection about growing older and bodies aging as gracefully as we can manage to road trips while listening to my favorite songs like Take It Easy, it’s home away from home for me (in a book).

What CDs, if you still have them, will you never give up?

3 thoughts on “Take It Easy… or What Happens When You Find a Working Walkman AND an Eagles CD in the Garage

  1. Hmmm! I have so many CD’s. I actually still have probably about 900 record albums! When CD’s came in I started selling my albums and using the money to buy CD’s. I had about 1500 albums and probably sold about 600 of them. But then everyone started doing it and people stopped buying them so the market went to hell. At any rate I haven’t played a record since 1985 or so… I don’t think I’ve played a CD in at least a year. We have Spotify and Sonos. So I can usually find what I want to listen to on one of them.
    But back to your question: I don’t think I’ll get rid of any of my CD’s. the music means too much to me and I can always throw a digital version into my computer!
    By the way, Take it to the Limit is a way better Eagles song! 😜

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