My iTunes library is over 8,600 tracks strong now. That’s actually down from a peak of somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 tracks that I had on my old computer before getting a new machine and paring down the collection significantly. In either case, neither library was/is filled with nothing but music that I really love. Some of it is things I listened to long, long ago, like my collection of questionable dance music. Some of it is the one-year-wonder albums that burn bright but short.
Then there’s all the songs and albums that are kinda good, but not great. There’s nothing wrong with them, per se. They’re inoffensive and pleasant, but there’s also not a whole lot of draw to them either. Rogue Wave’s Permalight album is filled with this type of fare. Ian Cohen’s Pitchfork review of Fanfarlo’s new album, Rooms Filled With Light is basically spot-on and could just as well describe this whole class of music, which includes much of the works of Rogue Wave, Fanfarlo, Telekinesis, the Smith Westerns and several more. To paraphrase Cohen, if “We Will Make A Song Destroy” came on the shuffle play, I wouldn’t get up to switch the track, but it’s not something I would seek out very much, if at all. That’s okay though, because it’s important to have some music that’s just “good” in your collection in addition to all the stuff that’s “great”, if only because that’s an inevitable part of the discovery process.