Making the perfect mix to fit a mood, or as a gift, was a labor of love marked with time and effort. Today, making a playlist serves the same function, but somehow is missing the soul of an old-school cassette mix tape.
I would spend an entire Saturday listening to the radio to catch and record all my favorite songs. It was an art form.
After cassettes, I remember my mom getting this pimp stereo that had a drive for CD-Rs so I could actually record songs from different CDs.
For me it was the birth of the playlist.
I'm older (clearly) than Joelle, and my parents wouldn't ever buy me any music - but they would buy me blank cassette tapes, and I spent hours listening to the radio and recording my favorite songs so I could play them back later!
It was truly a practiced art form, getting as close to the beginning and ending of the songs without ending up with commercials or DJ talk over any of it.
I still have all of my mix tapes from when I was a teenager. The best part was waiting ALL NIGHT for your favorite jam to come on the radio so you could record it.
There was one song that was my elusive "white whale." I ended up giving up and recording only the second half of it because - f* it...
The end of "Goodbye Earl" got cut off on my favorite mix tape - I still expect to hear "B-B-B96" at the end of that song.