I don’t really borrow stuff. I organise my own possessions and so does Mr. Swiss. What he has I have to and vice versa. My youngest son might borrow a book, but that is rare. I do not have new books, they are all on my Kindle. Now and again I might borrow a record from my oldest son, and that is a technical master plan.
My oldest son is autistic, now 46 years old, so no more surprises in that direction and he collects things, records and CD’s. He also listens to the music of course.
You think “what a lot of records”, do not, that is just part of the collection. The two drawers with the CD’s and the shelf with the LP’S.
Of course, this has been going on for years. I remember when we bought him his bedroom furniture many years ago. The collection was then a drawer full of CD’s. We spoke with the furniture man. It was a good shop in our area, and he advised it would be a good idea to have the drawars tailored to the size of the CDs. Here you can see only the first row, the second row is behind them, and this is only part of the collection.
Here is the top row. He has over 2,000 CD’s and LP’s and could probably start his own radio station. So what do we have? Everything from the sixties onwards. Somewhere there is an original Beatles first LP from my teenage days. Otherwise of course he has the complete Beatles and Rolling Stones. I cannot list them all, although he could. All I know is that if I ask “do you have anything from The Who or Supertramp” it is just a very quick movement with the hand, he knows exactl where each CD is..
Now and again his mum likes to be reminded of her teenage music days and timidly asks No. 1 son if she can borrow a record to listen to. This is no problem, I just have to say the name of the singer and song and he reaches into this mass record collection and shows me where the needed CD is. Of course, they are all organised. He is autistic, and order must be, which is actually very good. On the other hand if he is not at home and I want to listen to one of his archived collection, I take it out of the drawer. Son No. 1 comes home, and after a few minutes asks where his CD record ???? is. He finds it is not there where it should be, because mum has taken it. He notices immedaitely that the organisation has been disturbed. He has no problem with this, he just wants to be certain that it has not disappeared to the land of borrowed and lost records.
And here we have the remainder which seem to be the Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Pink Flloyd seclection. I could not get them onto one photo. Not only does he know where each record is but he can supply you with the names of the pieces on the various records and the year when they were recorded as well as who played what in the recording. As I said you can always borrow a record, but please return it afterwards as a piece of the mysterious puzzle would be missing.
Rainman, Dustin Hoffman is nothing in comparison. OK, perhaps I would have been happer if he had been a wizard at poker, but money is not everything when you can supply the local radio station with records, although his fame has not yet gone that far.
Now and again a small parcel arrives, CD shaped, from a recording he found in an obscure place after a long search: some sort of rare number that I had never heard of. He is a walking lexikon and knows almost everything about the musicians from the sixties onwards. If there is a discussion about the facts of recordings amongst the musicians in our area, they often say, ask him he will know. Anyone want to borrow a CD?