YK’s 365 Release: Day 7

In my early 20s, my friends sometimes called me “Mad Asian Bitch on Wheels”, a concept from a theater play back in the day. I was called that because I used to drive around like a racecar driver, even on tranquil rural streets. I believe to my inner core, that I was once a racecar driver in a previous life. I have always had 5-speed manual Hondas, and always drove like I was on a racetrack. All the time.

One thing I would do all year round, was drive with all the windows open and blast music as loud as it would go. Even in the dead of winter. And when you’re driving 90mph in freezing weather with all the windows open, it’s not necessarily comfortable. So I blasted the heater as hot as it would go on max. Naturally. Oddly, my friends loved being in my car for the raving mad ride, and we would careen up and down the East and West coasts in YK record time every week.

One of my cars came with a 6 CD changer and this was back in the 90s when CDs were still widespread. I would buy music that a racecar driver would listen to if there were sound systems in racecars. The soundtrack to a racetrack. Copious amounts of House, Dance, Techno, and sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs songs. 1997 was still the best year in gay house. I did so much sitdancing in my car.

Suffice it to say, my insane driving days have come to an end, since I realized I am a mere mortal (dammit). And now I am left with hundreds of CDs without jewel cases. And in true YK fashion, they are organized by genre, each with their original booklets in black Case Logic CD books.

I have held onto these mainly because I haven’t had the time to transfer all of them to my iTunes. Unfortunately, I left my houseboy on the moon the last time I was there, and I simply don’t have the time. Also, my music taste has changed over the years, so although Chemical Brothers has some gems I still listen to once in a great while, I’m more likely to lend my ear to softer, gentler music now. I currently already have over 22,000 songs on my computer. And according to iTunes, that means I can play music on my computer for 65 days non-stop. I think that’s sufficient. I could have an epic party and never have to worry about the music stopping. I could serve my 200 champagne popsicles at this very party (see Day 6).

So this holding on has been due to me being lackadaisical about importing the music to my computer. I’m happy with 65 days of music. And I know a few DJs that will be very happy to get some old music to incorporate into their rotations.

So on Day 7 of my 365 Release practice, I am letting go of laziness. I am giving these to those who use music diligently and magically. May the DJs make beautiful music by adding this to their collections, which in turn will add to the happiness of music-listeners and dancers everywhere.


[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]

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