This is the first song for your mix tape

I found a few cassette tapes in the tape box in my closet this afternoon. Two old Beatles compilations from the late 70s or early 80s, a tape labelled “Bad Ass Christmas Songs” that I made a few years back, and ‘Aubrey’s Rockin’ Mix Tape,’ a punk mix tape made for me by my friend Elizabeth during our sophomore year of college. I’m looking forward to adding these to the multitude of tapes that already take up space in the middle section of the front seat of my car. I’ve decided to listen to tapes the entire drive back this time, instead of breaking out the CD player.

Mix tapes bring back so many memories, as I’ve made many of them since my sophomore year of high school. It’s interesting to listen to my song choices throughout the years, each tape representing a different period of my life. There’s the tape alternating from oldie to modern, from Nirvana to ‘Crimson and Clover’. There’s the tape I made after I met Nate the second time, and I remember sitting on my bed in my dimly lit room, using my roommate’s stereo to record it. I made a tape the summer before I moved to Indiana, and another during the school year. They all evoke different emotions, each song making me think something new every time I listen to it.

I haven’t made a tape recently. I want to make one before I leave, but I don’t think I’ll have the time tomorrow. It’s too bad, because I want a tape from this period of my life. I like to look back, on good times and bad, and mix tapes really represent a specific time well. I like it.