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D. L. Stewart
The End Of CD Players
The CD cover for Café De Paris. PHOTO COURTESY D.L. STEWART
          A nother valued mem- ber of our family is leaving us. After de- cades of faithful service, our elaborate CD system with its multiple wires, speakers and a subwoofer the size of a Buick
The Best of Bee Gees or The Best of Peaches & Herb might be of value to someone. But what about my Mariachi From Mexico CD, which in- cludes such hits as Prisone- ro De Tus Brazos? Maybe I could combine that in a twofer deal with my Café De Paris CD; lots of people probably would love to hear Je t’ aime D’ amour by Maurice Cheva- lier.
     has conked out.
Admittedly, the CD player
 hasn’t been a big part of our lives lately — just about the only time we turn it on is for background music at dinner parties and I’m not even sure why we do that.
them together.
But now, we’re stuck
I have all sorts of music by famous pianists. Vladimir Ashkenazy playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C major. Marine Bolkan playing Bee- thoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27. Little Richard playing Short Fat Fanny.
        After a few rounds of cocktails, the conversations get so loud that the Philadel- phia Philharmonic Orchestra could personally be playing the 1812 Overture in our din- ing room and no one would be able to hear it.
with 81 CDs and no place to stick them.
     Fortunately, most of my favorite songs are saved to my cellphone and can be wirelessly sent to my hearing devices when I sync them, which is something I’ m rap- idly learning to master.
There’s probably a gad- get I could buy for playing them, but we already have more electrical gadgets in our home than we have electrical outlets.
On the other hand, I’d be reluctant to part with the Elmo & Patsy CD that features be- loved Christmas songs such as Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer and Percy, the Puny Poinsettia.
I used to have a portable CD player. But that’s long gone. The slots in our cars’ dashboards have been elimi- nated. If there’s a slot for CDs on my Mac, I can’t find it.
 On a recent flight from Ohio to California, for in- stance, we were only over Omaha by the time I got
SowhatdoIdowithacol- lection of used CDs that can be best described as “eclec- tic?” Should I just throw them away? Or can I sell them?
Maybe I should just put theminaboxonashelfinthe garage? Right next to the box with my Walkman cassette player.
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