Most of my computer time this last few days has been spent on Ebay. I'm usually obsessing with my buying hat on but this time it's selling that's been taking up all my time.
I'm relatively new to the selling lark I'm selling records of course. My experience so far is that it takes up an inordinate amount of time in preparing the listings - snapping the record, agonising over the correct description of condition, and battling with the ebay editor which appears to have a mind of it's own sometimes.
Once listed I can't stop looking at my items for sale to see if there is any interest. This is particularly true at the moment as I have a handful a rare ones listed. Of course I know that there will be very little action until the last few hours and the snipers will come in at the last minute (hopefully) - but it doesn't stop me looking constantly. Stop it, I say, but I can't.
The listings end over the weekend and the suspense it now starting to get to me, I can't concentrate on anything else. Is it worth it? I ask myself.
On another topic, after more than 4 and a half years of this blog I have, in the last month, received my first (2) post takedowns. The very official and seemingly detailed emails and information given are completely useless in helping me understand why the takedowns have happened. mp3? image? link? words? So it is I have removed everything but my, surely uncontroversial, words from my recent Freda Payne post, and left an old Candi Staton post permanently in draft.
This blog could disappear completely at a moment's notice.
Preoccupied, and paranoid!
Fortunately I have a dose of something seriously soulful to sooth my furrowed brow.
The 45 featured dropped through the letterbox a few hours ago (the postman delivered at 4pm today!).
It has no right to sound so loud and clear as it does considering the number of scratches and scuffs it has.
(The US record industry went to hell it seems, especially into the 70s - this 45 dates from around 1967 and is on a tiny label, but the mastering, and the vinyl it was recorded, on were definitely of the highest quality for this record to sound so good in the condition it's in after so many years. I would say the majority of the US 45s I have from the 70s are vastly inferior. Of course technology, in the form of CDs , digital compression and delivery et al have just continued the trend.)
Enjoy this stunning slice of Detroit soul by Don Hart & James Shorter NOW. You never know, it might be gone tomorrow.
You can find it on this CD.
PPS: Follow the Dust & Grooves link in my blogroll. For some reason it doesn't refresh when new posts are made. But a new post there is. Frank "Voodoo Funk" Gossner is featured. A great read and you HAVE TO listen to the Mary Afi Usuah track.