Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Unlike the fabulous Sidney Chen of The Standing Room blog (click here), I can walk into the San Francisco Amoeba Music store on Haight Street (click here) and actually walk out without buying anything, so when we had a half hour to kill in the Haight this afternoon, my friend Richard and I decided to take a quick spin.
I was actually keeping a lookout for a low-priced version of the famous Columbia recordings conducted by Stravinsky (and Robert Craft) of all of his own music. According to my favorite English classical music blog, "On An Overgrown Path" (click here), an insanely inexpensive boxed set has sprouted up recently in Europe.
However, it wasn't there and I'm sure it would have been too expensive for me anyway since I'm underemployed the last couple of months and broke and so on and so forth, and that's when I saw it. The fucking omnibus composer set of all time. 155 CDs recording everything J.S. Bach ever wrote. For $135. New.
The beautiful young hipster leafing through the classical section took a look at me and a look at the monster box and said, "Wow, that's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I wish I had the money to buy that. Bach. Wow." Well, of course, that was that and I found myself on a Haight Street Muni bus hauling 155 CDs of Johann Sebastian Bach to my apartment. Thank god I like church music (it's just church I don't like).