In my last blog post, I wrote about how to share the significant world events which happen during our lifetimes. Today as I sit listening to my favorite tunes in my car waiting for my daughter to get out and go into school, I recall the days of the mixtape. Our children and grandchildren cannot relate to this because everything they have musically now IS mixed. No longer do you have to purchase an entire “album” when you only want 1, maybe 2 songs.
Remember how you felt when that special someone gave you a mixed tape? I sure do. Now that most music is digital and on electronic devices with anti-piracy laws making sharing next to impossible, kids miss out on this part of friendship.
Sharing the old way of passing notes and creating mixed tapes is special, I think. Sort of like our hearing about how our grandparents had to sit in a room with their parents to chaperoned their dates. We have to look into the future and remember that how we did things growing up isn’t the way our grandchildren will do them. Hearing those giggles about the absurdity of the “olden times” is what makes it special.
Although my children have never openly criticized my choices in music (I know they want to), I realize that I have a very eclectic taste in music. My father was born in 1929 and got me to love Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and big band music. While I only have one or two of those on my iPhone, I do have more modern choices which ring true to that sound. Post Modern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddies are right on track.
I am, for the most part, though, a child of the 70s and 80s. I love Southern Rock, Classic Rock, 70s top 40, and 80s alternative. On the opposite side, however, I can spend a day listening to 90s country or Contemporary Christian music. It makes me a smile to think of my grandchild seeing me in bell bottoms, rocking some headphones and holding a transistor radio, while standing by my bike ready to take on the neighborhood. That is cool!
What will be on your mixed tape? Think about it. Did you grin just then? I bet you did.
Have a great week!