I Used to Make Mix Tapes

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    I Still Do...kinda.

    I just made one for work this past weekend - Elvis on one side (his golden hits, vol 1) and Lefty Frizzel on the b-side. The b-side had some room left, so I put on some trucker songs and a couple Lee Hazelwood tunes. A while ago I compiled a tape of Julie London on the A-side...
    SonicReducer75 SonicReducer75
    36-40, M
    Mar 10, 2010

    I Still Have Them

    My dad sent them to me here in Wisconsin. I had left them in Hawaii. I have about 60 of them! They have alternative, rap, classic rock..all kinds of stuff. I love that music compared to todays music. For me, mainstream music started to go bad in 1999. I stopped listening to the...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jun 4, 2011

    I Use To Make Mix Tapies

    I taped songs from the Radio.  I kept doing this until my taperecorder started chewing and twisting the tape.   I took it in to get repaired and the repair cost was more than a new one.  
    aquarius3 aquarius3
    66-70
    Dec 14, 2011

    Dumb Hobby

    I used to record songs off the radio, and they wouldn't even be full songs.  They'd be like in the middle.  It got ridiculous, like a drug.  I had (and still have) ALL the cassettes I ever made.  I had 2 racks full of homemade tapes, and they'd all have the...
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 3, 2010

    How Things Use To Get Done

    Mixed tapes— that's how music use to be shared before online downloading. I figured this out the moment I got my stereo player equipped with tape player and AM/FM radio. I was never one of those nice kids who would make mixed tapes for friend, parties or a compilation of...
    Linxer Linxer
    31-35, F
    Dec 7, 2010

    I Miss My Old Tapes

    I loved making mixed tapes and would take as long as a day choosing the order and choice for the 90 minutes .......   I found an old tape recently that I made for a friend in 1991, it took me ages to find a tape player (in a friend´s old beaten up jeep) but the...
    zippyp zippyp
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 3, 2009

    I miss how people used to make mix tapes

    for each other. I still see it as such a romantic gesture; taking the time to select the songs, finding the perfect order for them, carefully recording them onto the tapes (and making sure that people don't interrupt you in the process!), sometimes adding a voiceover or...
    FixedFacade FixedFacade
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2014

    Therapy?`

    When my ex left me for another woman, I made a mix tape of songs that fit the situation...everything from "I'm so sad I lost you" songs, to cheating songs, to "**** you, I'm glad you're gone!" songs.  I'd listen to the music, sing along and perhaps...
    angeleyes2009 angeleyes2009
    41-45, F
    Apr 14, 2009

    I Made A Lot Of Them

    I've always been real big into music so I used to make mix tapes for my girlfriends, my friends and for myself. I still burn CDs for people sometimes but it's not the same. I used to love getting the reactions to my mix tapes from everyone. Burning CDs isn't quite as exciting as...
    bvb1123 bvb1123
    41-45, M
    Mar 17, 2011

    The Late 80's

    Yeah, when I was about 10 or 11, the mix tape was a huge part of my spare time. I recorded stuff from the radio all the time to give to friends or just for myself. I miss those things, actually. lol
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    Mar 29, 2010

    And I Only Just Stopped Lately

    it was a mix of everything sometimes the ratpack sometimes rammstein some times kick *** metal with some techno thrown in
    wotaloser wotaloser
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jul 6, 2011

    When I Was A Teen

    I was a teenager before we had fast internet, and before you could buy and download music online so the only way of getting music was to buy a tape or Cd for like £20 for the songs you wanted - and what 14 year old can do that very often, especially with more fun things to buy...
    Gemzaayy Gemzaayy
    31-35, F
    Jan 15, 2012

    Love Is A Mix Tape

     I love the mix tape. It is more often now a palylsit or on rare occasions a burned cd. I still burn cds for people. Though its not as focused as making a mix tape used to be. It is still an awesome way to expess yourself to anyone, ur love, parents, God, Yourself....u...
    capriciousness capriciousness
    26-30, F
    Mar 23, 2010

    Ah, Memories

    I remember when I was a teenager I made a mix tape of hair band ballads for me and my high school sweetheart to make out to... every once in a while I hear a song from that tape and think of him - and even though we lost touch years ago, I know in my heart that the same thing...
    Lushesb Lushesb
    41-45, F
    Dec 26, 2008

    Still Do

    My honey's truck is a 1988 Chevy Silverado that plays cassettes and I make him a new "I love my Baby" tape every week. It's fun to put together a theme and make it. He loves them and will never stop loving that truck, so I guess he'll never get "I love my Baby" cd's and that man...
    AlwaysSmiling AlwaysSmiling
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Nov 20, 2010

    Since June 2000 Flight Journey 1 Take Off And Soaring By My Ambient Space Music

    It was June 2000 in making this Ambient Music of Arrangement for: Arriving at an Airport to Board an Airliner for Flight … {Then the … “TAKE OFF” … } Then on the Other Side of my Tape … Taking to … “THE SOARING RIDE OF FLIGHT” It was the Idea of...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP
    56-60, M
    Sep 25, 2013

    Yep

    When I was in my early teens, I would take my favourite song of other casettes and add them to a new blank tape, and also tape songs directly of the radio.  I also did this when I first started with a portable cd player. Ipods and mp3 players however soon done away...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 26, 2008

    Music Is My Second Love =)

    well theres not much to this story but its kind of cute i guess my boyfriend and i used to make each other mix tapes full of 60's love songs =) i have like 15 of them and he has quite a few also! sometimes when we're bored we'll pop one in and slow dance to it
    fallaway fallaway
    18-21, F
    Dec 22, 2008

    Feels Like A Long Time Ago

    I used to mix tapes to play in the car on long commutes. I have a stereo that has a CD player and 2 cassette players so I could tape tracks off a CD or a cassette. I was pretty good at it too, a few times I was able to get enough music on the tape without too much empty tape at...
    Morgause Morgause
    41-45, F
    Dec 8, 2010

    A Lost Artform

    Making a mix tape is a lost art form, for sure. Today, you can just make a playlist and off you go. Once, there was a lot of planning involved. Once you chose a "theme" for our tape mix, you had to choose the tape. C-60? C-90? I liked the C-90 tapes. I recall there were some...
    CobaltToad CobaltToad
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 16, 2011

    I Remember Those Days

    waiting for just the right song to come on the radio so you could record it...or recording it off of another tape.  it was so awesome that i didn't have anything else better to do than to sit around and listen to the radio, or to even have the time to make those tapes...long...
    KinkyFlower KinkyFlower
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Apr 6, 2009

    Gems

    Before the age of Cds and Mp3's, music used to be gems. As a teen, I didnt have enough money to buy lots of tapes or cds. So waiting for my favorite tunes to come on my favorite radio station was the only way to capture them. There was something really magical about running into...
    EPAngela EPAngela
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Mar 10, 2009

    Found Em :)

    If there was one thing I used to LOVE to do, it was making mixed tapes. I remember making MANY MANY mixed tapes at around 12 years old, until I was maybe 20 or so. The fact that you could record from the radio.. brilliant :) However sometimes I'd hear a song I loved , and it...
    Velvetlacedream Velvetlacedream
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2012

    You Had To Put In Work!

    When i was a teenager, if you were making a mixed tape chances are you didn't have the technology that was available but expensive. A good example would be the now infamous, double cassette players. If i wanted to make a mixed tape, i had to manually wait for just the right...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 31, 2010

    I Made Them Up Until Just About Year Ago.

    I have a drawer in my night stand table full of about 100 mix tapes... Then I have a huge crate with about 150 more. I have probably about 250 mix tapes or more. I was making them up until 2008. I didn't have a computer, so I would borrow cd's from the library and record them on...
    QueenOfHearts QueenOfHearts
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Oct 22, 2009

    So Corny!

    Yep, in my teens, I would make mix tapes for myself and share them with other kids in the neighborhood. They were songs I recorded off the radio... I know, this is ancient technology to some! XD It's very corny now, but back in 80's and 90's, it was very cool. Now I still...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 23, 2008

    Old Fashioned Music Piracy

    I remember when I was like 10 *thinks back* .... yeah lets go with 10. I would pop in a blank cassette tape in my little cheap-o boom box, and just steal music off the radio. Sure there were some commercials here and there ... But how else was I suppose to get "Hit Me Baby...
    Astory4supper Astory4supper
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 22, 2011

    Ha ha ha. I remember dubbing from one tape to

    another, or from a cd to a tape, or best of all, listening all day to the radio to record all the phattest jams...lol.
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay
    36-40, M
    Feb 6, 2014

    I Still Do

    I make great mixes. I also still listen to my tapes. They are awesome. You can throw em around without a case and they're fine. Do just about anything with them except leave em on the dash of a car and they still work. I'm always proud of my mixes. Wish I could sell them really...
    bdmthrfkr bdmthrfkr
    36-40, F
    Jan 22, 2012
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