bringing back the mixed tape

please don’t judge me…

I’ve been watching Myf Warhurst’s new show Nice on the ABC (Aussie viewers can catch up on iview).

It inspired an astro post today about the Sun moving into Cancer- not that you are probably interested in that. But what it sparked in me is the concept of
Moon memory and how food, music and pictures can take you back in time and emotionally.

To save you going over there and reading a heap of astro stuff that you probably don’t give a faff about, this is what I wrote:

Music does it for me. In the days before I was married I recall a rather drunken evening playing vinyl (for the kiddies out there, in the days before ipods we used to place vinyl records on a turntable and intricately hover the needle over the song that we wanted to play) with a male friend of mine. When Moving Pictures Busting Loose came on he was silent.

And every guys a clumsy poet, and every girls a beauty queen. And they’re fogging up the windows of their friends parked cars on the way to their land of dreams…

The song reminded him of the girl who was the big love of his life- the one that got away. Yep, guys have their own equivalent of a Mr Big.

Another friend had a milk crate full of cheesey 80’s love songs- singles (yep vinyl)- that he would play one by one for my flatmate (his girlfriend). Whenever I hear Michael Bolton I am taken back to those evenings in that townhouse with the cheap futons and the tumblers of cheap cask wine.

I will never hear Eternal Flame, It Had to be You or I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You (not Elvis’ version) without thinking of my husband. New York New York takes me to a pub in Lucerne, Switzerland, a lot of beer and some very bad high kicking. Augie March’s One Crowded Hour has me at 3am the week before Xmas at the Casino in Melbourne. Don’t ask. Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer finds me thinking of my BFF- even though she is on the other side of the country.

Back in the day I would agonise over the selection of a mixed tape- making sure each song said something, and making sure the play order was just right. These days itunes playlists make it all just a little too easy.

Photos are the same. When we look at shots we have taken, we don’t just look at the picture, we are taken to how we felt when that photo was taken. How we felt about where we were, the people we were with, what we were doing. Were we laughing? What at?

Yesterdays #photoaday topic was “the best photo you have ever taken”. I could never decide, but the photos I put up all had emotions attached to them. As an amateur photographer, that is my primary aim- to capture how I felt at the moment, not a technically perfect scene.

Even if your Mum was not a great cook, food will always bring up memories. That night in Vienna with a bottle of beer and a plate of Austrian sausage and sourdough, elderflower wine beside a river somewhere in Hereford, a perfect Hainanese chicken in Singapore. I can’t look at trout without remembering how Poppa used to tell me that the one we were having for Sunday lunch had been caught in the Tumbarumba River- he hit it over the head with a piece of 4b2 when it came up for air…

What about you? What memories do specific songs or meals or pics spark in you? I’m all for bringing back the mix tape.



2 comments on “bringing back the mixed tape”
  1. Debbish says:

    I wrote about mix tapes in my Debbish blog as my old car ONLY had a cassette player and a few years ago I was driving to my hometown and got to a part of Qld plagued by dodgy radio and country music, so was excited to find a mix tape! It had stuff from about 2000 on it (recorded off CDs for me to exercise to) and at the end I’d obviously been taping stuff from the radio!!! I recalled taping Countdown as a kid when it was on TV with an external cassette player. Youngsters nowadays don’t know how lucky they have it with iTunes etc….

    Meanwhile, yes, music definitely has certainly memories. I can’t listen to a Wendy Matthews song without thinking of my dad’s passing. I recently talked in my diet blog about a fling / interlude with a guy and still remember listening to Pete Murray around the same time… And daydreaming…

  2. jo says:

    I say that to my 14 year old all the time- we really appreciated our music then- cos it wasn’t on tap. I loved the scratchy tapes…

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