I spend a lot of money on CDs. A LOT of money. You're probably thinking, "Amber, why don't you just burn them like every other person on the face of the planet?" I can't. And it's not any kind of "I feel like a bad and dirty person for ripping off the music industry" type of thing either. Believe me, I'd be happy to rip off the music industry and save myself literally thousands of dollars a year, but I can't. I have a sickness about liner notes. I feel like I have half a product without them.
For one thing I like to have the lyrics. I realize that not everyone puts the lyrics in their liner notes. I also realize that any lyrics I ever wanted to anything are available somewhere, somehow on the internet. It's just not the same.
I also dig checking out the artwork. Again, I know it's not like back in the days of vinyl when album covers were an art form unto themselves, but people do put some thought into the drawings and photos they include with their music, and to me it enhances the whole experience, like watching The Wizard of Oz on acid, which I've never done, but my friends swear it's like a totally different movie.
But the keenest (keenest? honest to God, I hate myself sometimes) thing is the thanks yous from the band/disclaimers page. I read all the thank yous, even though I don't know anyone that they are thanking. I read the little disclaimers in the margins ("Boy Band Bonanza wrote all of these songs except for 9 out of the 11 songs, which were written by totally different people who have never even met the band"). I read the parts about "Band member X only, and I mean ONLY plays Epiphone Guitars. Ever. Even on Tuesday."
So, I pay full price for everything and rape my pocketbook. But my reward is when I find little jems in there like the one I found today:
"Drowning Pool proudly enjoys massive quantities of Jagermeister."
Totally worth it.