Anyone that knows me well knows that music is a HUGE part of my life. Now, I won’t get all cerebral about it but, the fact is, I simply love music. All genres, all categories (OK – rap and SKA? Not so much…) But for the most part, any type of music makes my heart lighter and makes me happy…
I was a DJ at Richard’s Nite Club, a gay bar in Mansfield, Ohio for almost two years back in 1979-1980. More on that another time but anyhow, let me just confess that I have music on vinyl, cassettes and CD’s – no reel-to-reel, or 8-tracks anymore, but all the others. I am a borderline music hoarder. Recently, my beloved Martin and I decided it was time for me to part with the 200+ or so cassettes I have left; I mean, I haven’t had a cassette player in probably a decade or more. So, I thought it might be fun to pick five cassettes at random from my hoard and share them here with you, as a means of honoring the artists and songs I loved before I toss them all away. So, here’s the first five:
Remember Dee-Lite and “Groove is in The Heart?” Click image above to hear it again.
I mean, the title of the movie asks the question – who IS that girl? This is when I first started paying attention to “Maddy.” Click image above to hear the whole soundtrack. Next?
Jane Child / Jane Child
Information Society / self-titled album
The only group that ever asked what I was feeling… Click image above. And finally…
Berlin / Pleasure Victim
So there you have it – the first trip down memory lane, via my “vintage” cassette collection. I hope you take the time to listen to these tunes – they are all a part of MY musical past (and I love every song!) Regrettably, cassettes are worth like a nickel each at any record exchange or half price book joint, so I am not sure what to do with these. Each of these artists and songs have brought me much joy; in fact, I feel happy having just listened to them all again. Who knows? I may save the case liners/album art and do some yet-to-be-conceived art project at some point in the future but for now, I suspect these will all just go gently into the good night.
Thanks to you all for so many awesome memories…