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Mixed tape v2.0

December 13, 2007

This is pretty fantastic.

It’s just not the same, making mixed CDs instead of mixed tapes; the care and craftmanship involved are so much higher with a tape, so much more personal. You really had to sit with the songs, crouched over a boombox, hitting play and pause, cuing it all up just right. When you finished one—that you’d invariably made for a woman—you felt there was a bit of your own personal body and soul in that tape. And they make great documents, little solid items, the plasticky rattle, the handwritten songlist, the cut-and-pasted tape jackets, the old pictures.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    December 13, 2007 9:06 pm

    Sadly, during the cassette mixtape era, I was compling songs from the likes of Dream Theater, Europe, Saigon Kick, and Metallica.

    “Dear Baby, I love you. I hope this mixtape truly expresses my innermost feelings for you.”

    Track 1. Master of Puppets

  2. Anonymous permalink
    December 13, 2007 11:32 pm

    alwyays the romantic … but isn’t it nicer now to be able to share your body and soul with more women, using more songs, at a higer fidelity, and at a quicker pace? not to mention, now there is some very handy green technology, i hear, or at least blue plastic baggage, so your bits of body and slices of soul wil be recycled, going back to the earth, rather than being tossed from a man-made bridge into a dirty river or streams, killing the spotted trout, during a fit of rage, or, worse, indifference.

  3. Emily permalink
    December 14, 2007 12:43 am

    I still have a stereo with a double cassette deck, so if anyone wants to make me a mix tape, they should feel free, as I will be able to listen to it in my bedroom. And then I could dub copies because I’m fancy with that double deck!

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