The Charm of the Cassette Tape
We used to make tapes with special playlists on to give to girls to try and impress them, you’d do a little bit of art for the cover and if you were lucky you’d get invited round to listen to it with her. I once made a whole tape of just ‘Under the Bridge’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers played over and over again on both sides, I gave it to the fittest girl in the neighboring school and went on to enjoy many dinners and ‘homework’ sessions at her house.
I remember when you couldn’t drive down a by-pass without seeing at least one destroyed tape, blowing in the wind from the central reservation after it had been ejected from a car window.
Do kids still do that nowadays with mp3s? Share playlists on Spotify? Put together a YouTube playlist of tracks? It’s not the same is it. I think the hard copies of music used to bring people together, shared spirits meeting up to enjoy something they both loved. I buy most of my music in digital form now and I feel bad about that, but I am so happy that I was involved in the era when it wasn’t so easy to access your favorite music, it made it feel more special, it created magic moments amongst us. I feel sorry that the future generations will not experience that.