Robert showed up an hour before the party and handed me a couple of mixed tapes. The audio cassettes were jammed with enough good dance music to keep the party going all night. I realize I’m dating myself. To tell the truth, I am tempted to lie and say it was my folks’, but hey, it was my high school graduation party in 1988 and it was and is what it is. The point, however – I can’t remember a time without a playlist of great tunes.
Now it’s a rarity to put songs together on a mixed tape – if it even happens at all. For beginners, who has the equipment to play a cassette tape? Back in the day everyone did, but that style of technology has been relegated to relic status. Pruning songs from the radio, or another tape wasn’t easy. Like a good tree service, knowing where to cut and splice was a painstakingly laborious process. There was a lot of choreographing and a mixed tape was a work of art.