Anniversaries: Mine and The Cassette Tape
Welcome back to the random ramblings of a mad man!
Last week, WordPress informed me that I started my blog TWO YEARS ago. Seems like the two years have passed by in a blur.
Speaking of anniversaries, I recently watched a news report on the old BBC about the history of the cassette tape. Yes. I need to get out more, but one person they interviewed spoke about how he’d never stopped buying tapes. I didn’t realise you COULD still buy them but hey ho!
He had his humongously clunky Walkman draped around his neck like an Olympic medal and commented that as tapes were not small enough to carry a hundred around with you so you HAD to listen to the same album over and over. You found gold.
We do live in a more bite-sized world. iTunes and Amazon (amongst others) allow us to cherry pick what we want. We have the smörgåsbord to pick at rather than listen to the music as the artist intended. We might now miss the gold.
I have over 2,500 songs on my iPhone and I do like to shuffle the tracks, but I realised when listening to this proud, Walkman wearing man from the 80s that I need to listen to full albums again. Some of my favourite tracks of all time were never the popular songs. I might have missed out otherwise.
It also served as a reminder to the power of the time bound story. For people of a certain age, those who actually remember vinyl and tapes before the digital age, these type of details can instantly take a reader back to that time. The little details make all the difference.
How do you listen to your music?
Are you still hankering back to the days of Vinyl and do you remember the joy of tapes when they got wrapped around the cassette player and you’d need to spend half an hour unwinding and rewinding it again?
Thanks for reading now, and your support over the last two years.
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