Having DCI CDs all the way back to 1982 is pretty rad. I used to have all the way back to 1972 but, honestly, I never listened to those that much. Good stuff, just not for me. Here are some ways that I keep them organized on my iTunes, so I have a few different options to listen to them on my iPod.
First you want to make sure that you are able to listen to your corps by either the year (such as 2005) or by the corps (such as the Blue Devils). You also want to make sure that you number the tracks for each year as well, so you can play them in order of their finish competitively (unless you like listening to drum corps in alphabetical order, in which case that is totally up to you). Here is an example of a track info box on iTunes:
Here are a few things to note:
1) Name- that is the track name. Some people like to put the show name up there, but it gets a little silly when you go back into most of the shows of the 80′s (or even some shows in the 90′s!) when they didn’t really name their shows. So, I put the corps and the year for the Name.
2) Artist- this one is key. You want to be sure that you title all of the Cadets shows with the same artist name so if you want to you can listen to all of the Cadets shows from their earliest year all the way up until this past year in one fell listen (which would take quite a while by the way). But this is good for long car rides if you only want to listen to the Cadets. (the Cadets used to be called Holy Name Cadets, Garfield Cadets, The Cadets of Bergen County. If you put all of those names in separately they would not show up as the same artist so you want to simplify it and just call them Cadets).
3) Album Title- This is where you want to title the name of the drum corps year. I use DCI 2011, or DCI 1995, or whatever the year is. It is easy to find on my iPod so I use this system. Album title allows you to listen to just that year on your iPod, if you just wanted to listen to 1993 only for example.
4) Comments- this is where I put in the show title (if there was one). That way if I can’t remember what the show was I still have it in iTunes for me to check out.
5) Year- put the year in here so it keeps it organized properly.
6) Track Number and Disc Number- Putting in the track numbers and Disc numbers allows you to listen to the corps in their respective order of finish (which is the way I like to listen to them when I listen to one year at a time).
7) Genre- put Drum Corps or DCI there. Whatever you prefer so you can just look at drum corps music only if you want to in iTunes.
8) Compilation- be sure to check this box so the Disc Numbers (compiled by the YEAR box and album name) stay together.
When you do that you have a very organized DCI album collection on your iTunes:
Listening to corps by the year:
Listening to corps by the corps:
I hope this helps. I’m sure you all have your own way to do it, but this is the way I organize my DCI library. In a later post I’ll show you how I organize my classical music library. Thanks!
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