A few weeks ago, I interviewed Classical DJ Teri Towe about his extensive collection of classical music (and cookbooks, and tulips, and magnets and coffee mugs…)
During that conversation, we touched on reasons for collecting, but Teri wanted to do a follow-up interview to clarify those reasons and to emphasize one motive in particular: a collection’s ability to inspire. (Though he gives it various names during the interview, one of the simplest is just ‘The Wow Factor.’)
We live in an age when certain passions are fading. People read less. People listen to less classical music. These are activities and pursuits that are only enjoyable as returns on investments of time and effort… and no one seems to have that time any more.
And so collections play a very special role. They’re useful as scholarly databanks, they’re great ways to preserve our history… but they’re also inspirational.
The shear, jaw dropping power of 40000 classical records can jump-start the people who see it. Faced with walls and walls and walls of books or discs or tulips, you can’t help but appreciate the passion of the collector… and that might just spark a desire to pursue the same interest, to see just what it is about this item or idea that commands such a passion.