Continuing with my list of simple pleasures, I have to add:
A GOOD CD (or, as some of us still call them, albums)
Here I am thinking in terms of a cost-benefit analysis. This is just an estimate, but I think the usual price of a CD is about $9.99. If you’re like me, you have probably listened to your favorite albums/CD’s dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of times. (No exaggeration — I am sure I have listened to Blondie’s Parallel Lines, above, at least 1,000 times since it was released in 1978. That was 1,924 weeks ago, and I am sure I have listened to it at least once a week over that period, so yes, we are into the 4-digits.)
There are 12 songs on the album, and let’s say the value to me of hearing each song is $1. That means that I should probably pay Blondie about $12,000. However, I paid only $10 for the CD (and probably $4.99 for the vinyl record when it came out). I am greatly, greatly ahead of Blondie in this equation. I probably owe similar amounts of money to The Cure, Depeche Mode, A Flock of Seagulls, Train, Jethro Tull, and many others.
So, that is a heck of a lot of pleasure for very, very little money. A good CD not only takes you back; it also makes today more pleasant. It is a simple pleasure that exists solely for your enjoyment.
Oh – and a brief aside to the gentleman who sat to my left at the recent Blondie/Morrissey concert at Madison Square Garden: If you had taken your eyes off your cell phone for even 10 seconds and looked to your right, you would have witnessed two performers at the top of their game. Why on earth would you pay 100 bucks to sit in a public forum to ignore a concert filled with rabid fans screaming their heads off?