The Lost Art of the Mixtape

Tomorrow is Monthly Mixtape Day… kinda like Rex Manning Day, only not… but it makes me realize how lost the TRUE artform of making the mixtape has become.

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.

Like my mixtape tomorrow, most are simply a collection of songs on CD (or in tomorrow’s case a collection of mp3s), rather than a carefully concocted compilations that one must listen to front to back, end to end…

Lately, I’ve been popping in tapes from my collection of mixtapes from my high school and college days while I mow the lawn. Many are tapes my wife made for me (or I for her) while we were dating, some are from friends in high school (like Casey “Soon-To-Be Mrs. Higgins” Keepers), and others are tapes I simply rocked for myself. Each tells a story, each marks a point in time, and each illustrates why I miss the this lost art…

Am I the only one who misses this analog art, where skipping tracks is tough to do, and the listener gets the whole story without picking and choosing which songs they want to listen to? Have the robots won? Is there no hope?

~ by thepaintedman on June 15, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Lost Art of the Mixtape”

  1. Oh, the mixtape! Every Thanksgiving for almost 15 years, my husband I made a mixtape to send as Christmas presents. It was an annual ritual and people still have the tapes, though not always something to play them on. . .

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