Have you ever lost something that means more than words can convey?
And when you realize you’ve lost it, you just sit there in shock until the gravity of the situation takes hold and you begin to shake?
For some it may be a wedding ring. For others it may be an autographed vinyl album from their favorite group.
Well, something like that happened to me last week.
I lost my iTunes library. And it was my own =fault.
I was cleaning out some unneeded files when I noticed an iTunes files. Without thinking I dragged one to the trash and hit delete.
A mirco-second later, my body went cold. I felt an icy hand grab my heart and I actually had a bit of trouble catching my breath.
I clicked on the remaining iTunes file and it pulled up the application — empty.
I let out a gasp and a whimper and spent the next two hours trying to make it better, but to no avail.
I lost 12,689 songs that were all neatly separated into individual band and artist files. Everything from rockers AC/DC to ZZ Top, to Japanese artists Off Course, Akina Nakamori and various video-game soundtracks were kaput.
No Will Ackerman, George Winston, Tingstad & Rumbel, Suzanne Ciani, Joe Yamada and David Lanz.
No Metallica, LOG, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Slayer or Pantera.
No Behemoth, Slipknot, Job for a Cowboy, Lacuna Coil, Madder Mortem or Arch Enemy.
No Styx, Journey, Kansas, Foreigner and TSO.
No Green Day, Joan Jett, Decemberists, Nada Surf, Jeff Buckley and Kirby Krackle.
No Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Clannad or Tori Amos.
No Depeche Mode, Gary Numan or INXS.
No Doors, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppeling, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix or my whole Woodstock collection.
Also, my movies were missing.
The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the new “Star Trek,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans,” “Enchanted” and “Ratatoullie,” to name a few, were no where to be seen.
It was all gone.
Fortunately, i was able to find a lot of individual song files and my movies on my hard-drive.
Since Aug. 17, I have been re-entering those files and re-downloading album cover art, using my iPod as a guide. At least the CDs and movies I want the most were saved within that device’s 120 GBs.
As of today, I completed the Hendrix album covers and have recovered 11,057 songs.
I’ve also completed the movie files.
And while that isn’t bad, I still have to remake my playlists and find 1,000-plus more songs.
Sometimes I ask myself, “What’s the point?”
But the answer is simple: “Music is my life.”