Tracy: "I'm gonna make you a mixed tape. You like Phil Collins?"
Jack: "I've got two ears and a heart, don't I?"
During my high school days, I used to make mixed tapes for my friends. I had such a fun time putting these together and I think, for the most part, people enjoyed getting them.
I also loved GETTING mixed tapes (or CDs, as the years evolved). It was always interesting listening to each song and wondering why the person picked that song to be on the tape. Of course, sometimes it was a little pathetic how much I could read into the songs.
I remember one such experience.
A guy I was dating made me a mixed CD. It was during a confusing time in our relationship. Our commitment to each other was kind of up in the air, and I was pretty certain he was ready to move on. Then came the mixed CD. It was full of a lot of really great songs, songs that were about love, but not in a cheesy way. Given I knew this guy really well and the songs he chose weren't what I expected, I began to wonder how he felt about us. But, then I thought more about it, thought more about this guy and things suddenly clicked: he was messing with me. Oddly enough, it didn't bother me. One of the reasons I liked him so much was because of his sense of humor and his incredibly ability to get under my skin. People don't usually have that effect on me, so when they do, I take notice. So, I called him on it and we both got a good laugh out it.
In the end, I was the one that left him.
So, are mixed tapes/CDs a thing of the past? Am I the only one that still think they are cool? Do people still enjoying making or receiving them? Is it time for me to move past the awesomeness of mixed tapes?