Discovering the Relevance of Words
Are there people reading this post who don’t know what a cassette tape is? Have we moved that far into the new generation, that an entire analog format has been lost? Does anyone remember the art of covering the cassette tabs with tape so you record over it? Shoving a pencil inside the spindle to wind it back up, and then hoping the tape wouldn’t stretch? Waiting for that perfect song to come on the radio, so you could hit play/record as quickly as possible?
Most importantly, does anyone remember the art of making a mixtape for that special someone?
When I meet someone, my head automatically starts putting together the perfect mixtape. It’s the way they walk, how they respond to certain things I say, how they smile when certain sounds pop up around us. It’s all about whether they used to listen to Depeche Mode, or Boyz II Men, or Tiffany – wait, did I just go too far back? If they say they listen to hip hop, what kind? If they say hip hop, and not “rap” then I have a bit more of an appreciation for them. Maybe it’s Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul. If you listen to James Taylor, I’ll give you David Ramirez, Matthew Mayfield, Josh Joplin. You enjoy classical music? I’ll up the ante with Mogwai, God is an Astronaut, Shelter Red, and Swords. Oh you like Jazz? Have you heard The Philadelphia Experiment? Really into 90’s radio rock? Let’s get some Better Than Ezra, Eve 6, Posies, and some REM for good measure.
A mixtape is about creating a mood – both with music and lyrics. There is an art to it.
So, we ask you:
What was the last mixtape you gave someone, or were given? What were the songs on it, and what did they mean to you?