I collect music. I wish I could find the quote, but being that I can't, I will simply paraphrase David Crosby's comment about BMG/Sony buying up (out)old tapes/albums, leaving us with nothing but greatest hits. He said that Albums had a concept to them, rarely was an album produced taht was just hits. It was supposed to mean something, and in listening to the Whole Album (which was the original concept of a LP) one could understand the artist better, get into their heads, or take their trip. He was worried (back in 1989) that albums would simply fade...he was right. Now in our digital age, Albums are rapidly being systematically taken apart for songs, leaving the artist out of the picture. So I began collecting albums: not vinyl, but CDs of everything I can find, to hopefully one day give this archives to a library house who might find, even if they are not original recordings, a place for them in our history.
Music paints pictures and tells us stories about our lives. It tells of our wishes towards the future, our pain and agony of now, and our past. It tells people what we have faith in, what we choose to find important in our lives. It can educate us, soothe us, encourage us, amd move us to be better people.