But, last weekend, as we've been starting to pack up our belongings for a big cross-country move, lookie what I found...
What could be in that dusty feaux-leather case? What do you know... a combination of store-bought cassettes and mixy mixes. (You can spot those from their dot-matrix-printed labels.)
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Too many memories to list them all here. When I was first getting into Canadian prog-gods Rush, I made the era-spanning tape called "Tempus Fugit," but later it got mothballed as I eventually bought every one of their albums (on CD... but that's a later geologic era).
There are a few that I'm a little afraid to listen to. The hand-scrawled tape titled "Scrambled Eggs" contains an impromptu collection of sound effects, clips, and recordings of myself & friends doing strange things in a college dorm room. Were we actually funny? Like I said, afraid to know for sure. There's also a mix-tape of love songs from an ex ("A Shade of Music"), but don't flip it over to hear what I assembled after the breakup ("Heart of Darkness"). :-)
I tried to give my artistic side some room to play in making the tape covers. It's amazing the things you can do with Steve Jobs' original 128K brick...
WBVR was the unofficial name of the collection of music and stereo equipment of a set of 4 engineering & physics students (well, I was the only physicist). The name comes from the Beave, whom I've mentioned before. His 45's were the core of the collection.
If you look closely at the Monkees' Greatest Hits (cobbled together from whatever we had... no relation to an actual greatest hits album), you'll see the rainbow logo of Six Flags Great Adventure, which the four of us visited on the emblazoned date to see the Monkees play, along with Herman's Hermits, the Grass Roots, and some other 60s wonders.
I thought I'd give you a look at one song list, this from the tape labeled "Carpe Diem." (Gosh, I wonder what movie we'd just seen when I came up with that name?) I always popped this one into the walkman when I needed a bit of an optimistic lift...
...though I can't for the life of me remember why I thought of "American Pie" as an appropriate inclusion for an optimistic, seize-the-day-ish mix tape. :-)