Valentine's Day Gift: The USB Mixed Tape

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Remember the lost art of the mixed tape?

It required:

Planning.  Which songs?  What order?  How much rewinding and re-recording before the tape gave out?   

Dexterity.  Pressing 'play' and 'record' in tandem, on a double-cassette boom-box the size of a carry-on, took skills.  

Initiative.  Achieving variety involved raiding your friends' and neighbors' collections - not iTunes.

Time + Timing.  Listening to each and every song, appropriately spaced, for it's full duration - no short-cuts, no point and click expediency.  

Yearning + Audacity.  In equal measure.  Every song a loaded message of love and longing.  Every tape a declaration.

And A Pencil.  For coaxing 4 hours' worth of work back into the case, wrinkle-free, while holding your breath.  

It was a labor of love.

This February 14th, you could hand your valentine a playlist on a USB stick.  Or an M3P player.  Or even a disc.  But where's the poetry in that?
Enter Milktape, where old-school style meets new world technology.

The perfect mix.


Songs for my valentine.  Some because we met on the dance floor.  Some because we understand the 'for better and for worse' bit.  Some because they say it better than I can.  All because he rocks.
  1. Burn Your Name - Powderfinger
  2. You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates
  3. Best Of My Love - The Emotions
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
  5. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  6. Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
  7. I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone
  8. Call Me - Blondie
  9. Mockingbird - Carly Simon & James Taylor
  10. You Got The Love - Florence And The Machine
  11. Praise You - Fat Boy Slim
  12. To Be Real - Cherly Lynn
  13. Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream
  14. Accentuate The Positive - Johnny Mercer
  15. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
  16. Return To Innocence - Enya
  17. Price Tag - Jessie J
  18. Though Swell - Blossom Dearie
  19. That's Life - Frank Sinatra
  20. Uptight - Stevie Wonder
  21. I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone
  22. Fever - Peggy Lee
  23. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
  24. Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
  25. If You Really Love Me - Stevie Wonder
  26. I Want You Back - Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five
  27. I Try - Macy Gray
  28. Jungle - Emma Louise
  29. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
  30. Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
  31. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
  32. Shelter From The Storm - Bob Dylan


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