This has nothing to do with Advent. It’s just something I feel the need to get off my chest on a Monday evening in our study. I miss compilation tapes. I’ve been sorting out things in preparation for our move down the road at the weekend and came across this beauty from my teenage years. Yes I was a teenager when Blur and Oasis were fighting it out in the 90s. I used to make endless compilation tapes to accompany me on my journeys around Guildford in our car, for friends on their Birthdays and to mark special occasions.
I still retain the last vestiges of this dying art as each year Anna, Sarah and my brother get a snap shot of songs I’ve loved over the years, but it’s just not the same. Putting a song on a play list is too straightforward, there is no art in pressing record at the right time, or making sure you press pause before you press stop so you don’t have a screeching noise between songs. It’s also far too quick these days, you don’t have to listen to each song as you go along, no longer is this an evening activity, it can be done in a matter of minutes. It’s also harder then to judge the tracklisting right, when you don’t listen to the song all the way through before the next one there is less time to ponder just what the right next song is.
Playlists on spotify occasionally soothe my need to make a compilation tape these days but I still miss the making lists, figuring out what song will go best next and the joy of playing the tape in the car for the first time wondering if I’ve made the right choices or not.