It's hard to believe that our kid will grow up in a world without the Walkman and mixed tapes. Somehow I feel like there won't be a resurgence of interest in cassette tapes the way there is currently for vinyl. Nope, I think our kid will never know the feeling of jamming your pinky finger into a cassette to help wind up the tape.
When I was a kid, we had the greatest mixed tape ever. Remember mixed tapes? They were a work of art. Somehow, we had the best mixed tape. A friend of my parents had made it and we "borrowed it" for several years. To this day, every time someone in my family hears one of the songs from "The Tape" we have to say, "This was on The Tape" (yes, you have to refer to it as though it has capital letters).
I've considered many times making a CD version of The Tape as a gift for my mom, but somehow it's just not the same. There was something extra-special about mixed tapes, something about waiting for the tape to flip over so you could hear that song you just knew was coming on side B. You just don't get that same effect with a CD.
A few years ago, I did start keeping track of what songs I remember being on The Tape in case I ever did want to recreate it. Here's the list as best as I can remember it, but it's just not the same because I can't nail down the accurate order, which is half the fun of a mixed tape.
So there you go, there's my childhood in a playlist. Sure, we had other tapes (I clearly remember listening to a lot of Queen, Sass Jordan, INXS, Robert Plant, Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi in the car as well) but there was only one The Tape.