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Mixed tape

July 19, 2020

It’s late after midnight flipping through vinyl: punk – new wave – ska – industrial – goth
Tilting albums on edge like bookmarks in the stacks my jet black hair a teased homage to robert smith

What songs will make you smile? moisten your eyes? spark a memory? move you to dance? calm your racing mind until you drift into sleep?

Sliding each album from its sleeve, balanced on edge, feeling for the spindle, I drop the needle while cueing the tape

Side one: songs for dance

Depeche mode master and servant the cure love cats new order blue monday
Each song chosen to tingle your nerves until they overload
Will you be mouthing the words headphones in place while twirling on your kitchen dance club floor?

Side two: Songs for escape

Cocteau twins oomingmak bjork isobel eurythmics this city never sleeps
Each song chosen to float in on waves of bliss a soothing melancholy tide
And instead of dancing will you lie back close your eyes and disappear into the steady pulsing bass?

I imagine you holding the tape in your slender fingers reading my liner notes on the cardboard sleeve slipped inside
I imagine you smiling and thinking of me as you slide the tape into your walkman and press play

Or, perhaps, you will tuck the tape away in a drawer or leave it on the floor of your civic forgotten until found years later by a passenger’s rummaging long after I’ve gone and feeling the beat of the first song you’ll discretely wipe a tear


3 Comments leave one →
  1. pmorehead29 permalink
    July 19, 2020 3:35 pm

    Lovely! But reminds me of the time many years earlier when you took all my records out of their jackets in the house in Concord. Must have been fun!

  2. Lee Edlund permalink
    July 19, 2020 6:24 pm

    Fun…it certainly captures what music means to me (and possibly everyone). Eclectic and interesting compilation. Can’t wait to spin a little vinyl this evening during poker!

  3. Kristine Cousins permalink
    July 20, 2020 12:19 am

    I see we loved the same music! Would love to have side one on that album 👍🏼

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