"The Old Mix Tape"
Listening to his old mix tape that he found in a shoebox full of junk from high school, Henry Singleton remembers how much time he spent meticulously pausing and stopping the cassette player/recorder as he constructed the perfect mix for himself or his friends…
It was something that he used to do practically every week back then, but he had almost forgot about the time consuming activity entirely until he saw the tape.
Each song unleashes forgotten memories associated with that age— not all bad, of course; Henry just feels odd to be back in that young mindset, thinking the dumb thoughts he used to think all the way back then.
The problems and worries he remembers seem to match the music: immature, embarrassing even. Henry wishes the him of 15 years ago was cooler, but sadly that’s not the case. The music is awful.
He wonders if he should throw the tape out after he listens to it, to destroy any record of his lack of good taste…
In the misty haze of nostalgic idealization, Henry decides that mix tapes were more intimate… It took real time to make each mix, after all, so it meant something dammit! And this was before every song ever made was available to download and listen to within moments.
However, he realizes, it IS pretty awesome to have every song ever made available to download and listen to within moments, so… he’s not sure if “intimate” is better or worse. Or if it even matters.
It’s just different, is all.
Henry then hits the record button and tapes over all of his old songs with the dead air around him, erasing any evidence of the bad music he used to like.
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