Mix Tape Stories
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From the excellent wikipedia article on mix tapes:
Essayist Geoffrey O'Brien has called the personal mix tape "the most widely practiced American art form," and many mix tape enthusiasts believe that by carefully selecting and ordering the tracks in a mix, an artistic statement can be created that is greater than the sum of its individual songs...
Agreed. The mix tape grew into existence with my generation, the first who could easily rip and record music onto cassettes rather than giant, pesky reel-to-reel machines. Because of that, the mix was swiftly integrated into every aspect of our social lives.
But, apropos of Matildaben's excellent suggestion in this thread
, today I'm thinking about the role mix tapes have played in courtship. For people our age and younger, making your new crush a mix may be the equivalent of our grandparents carving their initials in the old apple tree. There was simply a stage in every new relationship where making a mix tape just seemed like a natural next step. As soon as we learned to Scotch-tape splice and pencil-wind a third-generation 90-minute Maxell, we turned our skills to winning the hearts and minds of the folks we fancied.
Tell us about mixes you made for people at crucial points in your wooing attempts. What songs did you put on? What songs did you leave off, thinking "this may be too much?" What did you title the mixes? What kind of cover did you make? How were the tapes received? What mixes did you get that made your heart melt, or creeped you out? Do you still have them? Do you still listen to them? And how about making them -- is this still a courtship ritual for you?
Mix it up.