Monday, April 19, 2010

Going a Bit Old School Tonight

I can't believe I'm about to admit this on the internet for the entire world to see (if everyone happens to stumble upon this tiny little piece of real estate on the net...)

I was working on cleaning out cds tonight. I wasn't surprised that I had cds that I bought 14-15 years ago that I probably haven't listened to in 13-14 years. There was a bit of nostalgia mixed in as I remembered when I LOVED each cd, but I still managed to downsize my collection. If it wasn't something I had taken the time to import into iTunes, it went into the yard sale. I did keep everything else because one never knows when you might lose your entire collection of music on the computer... it's good to have a hard copy of the stuff I know I love.

I have been debating tossing the plastic cases and paperwork and putting all the cds in a small container. I'd be interested to know how all of you store cds. Feel free to share your thoughts.

But that's not even the part I didn't want to admit.

I found a box where I had cassettes. As in cassette tapes to listen to on a cassette player. And I knew I had them somewhere because I remembered hanging on to all my New Kids on the Block tapes and Dolly Parton tapes for sentimental reasons.

But I wasn't expecting what else I found.

I had about 10 tapes with tiny little notes included inside to tell me all the different songs that were on them... that I had taped from the radio.

PLEASE tell me I'm not the only kid who did this back in the 90s... back before we all had cds.

Sidenote: My kids really are going to think I'm so freaking old someday. In addition to being born in a whole different millennium from them (!!!), there's no telling how many forms of music will come and go before they start having a vested interest. Considering I had a record player, a cassette player, a cd player and now mp3 players... wow.

Back to the point. I can remember sitting in my room and waiting for a favorite song to come on the radio so that I could hit record really fast and tape it... and then rewind and listen to it over and over as much as I wanted.

Gah... I am such a total geek.

Everyone comment now and tell me that you did this, too!

(Meanwhile, no wonder I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 17.)

13 comments:

Jamie said...

I totally had piles of tapes I made from the radio! You had to get it just right... I always hated when the dj talked too much ;) You know there is even a facebook group called "when I was young I taped songs off the radio" Yeah, I joined :)

Love to Run said...

Melanie,

I am guilty as charged! I have so many tapes in my basement I won't even tell you how many. My brother gave me his whole collection a long time ago. Most are just recordings of albums but I do have a few recorded off the radio including the top 25 off Casey Kasem's top 100 songs of the year. I don't remember the year but it was the 80's sometime.

My van has a tape player as well as CD so when I am in the right mood, I will go to the basement, look over all the taped albums and pick something I haven't heard in a long time. GEEK!

runnernic.com said...

Girlll!!! Soooo funny!!! I did the exact same thing!!!! I used to record songs from the radio so I could rock out in my awesome cassett player!! Bahahahaha! As for the CDs mine are in a cd binder and I pitched the cases! Hope you find more goodies to share!!!! Can't wait to see you SOON!!!! Xoxoxox

peachy perspective said...

YES! Oh, I totally did and proudly admit it! I remember thinking at the time how it sucked to always have to listen to the songs in the same order every time ... see, I birthed the whole concept of the iPod shuffle in my head way back then! ;)

You totally gotta keep those tapes. They are priceless.

lipglossspandex said...

I totally have some mixed tapes! Both ones I made, and ones my friends made for me. Oh jeez, that was back in middle school....

Amy said...

Dude. Totally not geeky. How else were you supposed to learn the words to Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa if you didn't tape the song from the radio and then listen to it over and over again and write the words down.

Kids now a days with their internet lyrics and digital music. They got it easy.

Christy said...

Who didn't do this??? If you didn't, I think there was something wrong with you! I used to tape the entire "Interactive 9 at 9" play list onto cassettes and then put them on my Walk-Man!

Stacey said...

LOVE old mix tapes. I even have some that are so old it would pick up other noise in the room - like my little brother trying to screw up my taped songs and me shushing him!

As for the CDs - I keep mine in a CD book/binder but never got rid of the cases - couldn't bring myself to do it.

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, yes! I used to sit at my desk in my bedroom with one finger on the boom box just waiting for a new song to come on so I could tape it. While I waited for the next song, I would use markers and make pretty playlists for all my cassette cases! I even taped the times I was on the radio when I won contests. I NEED to find these to listen to one day!

Paul said...

I'm with Christy ... who *didn't* do this!

In the days before Napster (remember them?) and later on bit torrent [crikey, there wasn't even an internet!] how else was a kid to get free music?

Thanks for the memories ...

Of course there was the time I stood outside a local (Melbourne, Oz) outdoor music venue as an 8y.o. listening to an ABBA concert ... but we all have those things in our past!

Paul :-)

Emz said...

I'm with Christy - I prefer to think .....

who didn't do this?! THEY my friend are the WEIRD ones!! ;)

Jackie said...

Definitely did this. And I also would call and request songs specifically so that I could tape them. Ha.

Getting My Words Out said...

Yeah, who (over the age of maybe 25) didn't do this?? Girl, if you haven't gotten rid of the CD's--DON'T. At the very least import them. I culled music years ago and have kicked myself SEVERAL times since then. One thing I didn't get rid of-my cassettes! My kids thought they'd struck GOLD when they found them. (Just make sure you don't stick them in a hot attic or in a non-climate controlled garage!)
:D