Mixtapes

A mixtape, mix-tape or mix tape is the generic name given to any compilation of songs recorded onto any audio format. A mixtape, which usually reflects the musical tastes of its compiler, can range from a casually selected list of favorite songs, to a conceptual mix of songs linked by a theme or mood, to a highly personal statement tailored to the tape's intended recipient. Essayist Geoffrey O'Brien called the personal mix tape "the most widely practiced American art form", and many mix tape enthusiasts believe that by carefully selecting and ordering the tracks in a mix, an artistic statement can be created that is greater than the sum of its individual songs.

When I was a teenager this kind of curation was common place. Whether it was to give your crush a mix of love songs, your best friend a celebratory present, or creating a mix to listen to on a road trip the mixtape was hip, cool, and omnipresent. I've always been a music fan but the migration to digital forms as seen a decline in the mixtape. Perhaps because it is too easy now or perhaps because new sounds are constantly at our finger tips.

Inspired by a recent crush I began trying my hand at something I hadn't done in a long time. I compiled a list of songs that I liked in a particular order, created an index and some cover art, put them in a zip file and uploaded them. I also burned a few limited copies and gave them out or mailed them. Check your mailbox sometime soon as you may be receiving a physical copy just like in the old days.