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I was probably 9 or 10 the first time I made a mix  tape — a practice passed down from my dad.  Mix tapes are the greatest things known to man.  A mix CD or iTunes playlist simply does not compare.  There is an art to creating a mix tape; it is a skill you don’t just acquire overnight. 

Every song counts, as you can’t easily skip to the next song like on a CD.  The songs need to flow with a purpose.  There is also the issue of spacing your songs throughout the length of a tape.  You certainly don’t want to make the rookie mistake of having a song cut off at the end of side A.  Also, the name of the tape determines its awesomeness.  My collection probably stands at close to 75, and it is still expanding; I made my first tape of 2009 about a month ago.

Listening to a particular tape is like looking at a picture book from a certain time in your life.  A tape can remind you of a specific event, or just a general time period.  I think it is a gmixtapereat way to document your life– every picture tells a story… well, every tape tells a story! 

Making a tape is a fun, relaxing activity.  I like to list every song I want on the tape, and then go through and arrange them accordingly.  The toughest call is what will lead off Side A, as it sets the tone for the tape.  Do not mess this one up!!!  The rest of the order comes pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. 

Once, I wrote a narrative to go along with a tape I had made entitled “Vagabond Music.”  I think I was under some sort of influence when I wrote this, but it is legendary nonetheless.  Tapes are a great source of creativity!

You get to know your tapes after awhile and subconsciously memorize the song order so you know what comes next.  You know it’s really one of your fave tapes when you expect “L.A. Woman” to come after “Brain Damage” even when you hear it on the radio or elsewhere!

It warms my heart when friends tell me they still have such-and-such tape that I made for them.  (I assume ex-lovers have since burned theirs…)  I appreciate that these friends realize that they possess a unique gift that is priceless. 

Some things that make each tape special/unique:

  • The tape cover (or jacket if you will)– it has the name of the tape (unique in its own right).  Also, a certain identifiable pen could have been used, the author of the tape should be distinguishable by the handwriting, there may be various stickers or other decorations, the cover may be faded by the sun, etc. etc.
  • Blips in the tape– is a song cut off  too soon?  Does it skip at a certain spot? 
  • Is it timeless, or easily put into a time frame?  For example, “Dylan;s Mix” (see below) is timeless.  But there are tapes with telling songs of when it was made, i.e. if it has “How Bizarre” by OMC on it.  (Not that these tapes are bad, it’s just another way to characterize them.  I love me some How Bizarre!)
  • If you include artists such as the Dead, Phish or DMB, the chances are you used live versions of the songs, so finding which one you used would not be easy for a copy cat if they wanted to remake the tape based on the song listings

One of the greatest mix tapes out there is one my brother made.  I feel comfortable sharing the list because, for the reasons listed above, you will never be able to replicate it completely.  It is very innocently named “Dylan’s Mix 6/10/00”:

Side A

Side B

Feel  Like a Stranger – Grateful Dead Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic
Hide Your Love Away – Beatles Wharf Rat – Grateful Dead
Layla – Eric Clapton Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Wooden Ships – CSNY Black Magic Woman – Santana
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd Wild World – Cat Stevens
L.A. Woman – The Doors Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
The Wedge – Phish Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
  The End – The Doors

You know this tape is good if I’m willing  to overlook the disastrous addition of a Santana song!!

Yes, I realize it is 2009, but cassette tapes will never be out of style for me!

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who use lighter fluid to start bonfires

Quote of the Day: “Yeah the world would swing, oh if I were king.” –Tom Petty

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04.22.2009

G-Rod


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grodShock me shock me shock me…  The Honorable Judge Zagel denied  dishonorable ex-Govenor Rod Blagojevich the opportunity to go to Costa Rica to film a reality show.  G-Rod is so far gone I truly believe he is the only one that did not see this coming.  The Honorable Zagel, in probably the most DUH statement of the year so far, said: “I don’t think this defendant, in all honesty… fully understands the position he finds himself in.”

I will say I was a bit intriguied by the show and, had G-Rod been allowed to participate, I probably would have watched.  Hell, we’ve been watching this train wreck all along in Chicago, why not watch the part just before he patfitzfinally falls off the cliff?  Plus, my girl Janice Dickinson is scheduled to participate and if anyone could have put G-Rod in his place, she could have.  But now that task will now be up to Patrick Fitzgerald…  call me G.W. but is it too early to put up a “Mission Accomplished” sign??

Blago says that he desperately needed to be on this reality show in order to make money and “support his family.”  G-Rod, ever the “I’m one of you” Govenors said, upon being impeached, something along the lines of “I’m just like everyone else in this economy laid off from their jobs.”  If that were true, shouldn’t Blago be trying to get whatever job he can (read: McDonalds) instead of queuing up a reality show?  The saddest part of it all is that this guy is truly so delusional, he does consider himself as unfortunate as someone laid off their job of 30 years.  He will never see the connection in his actions to the current position he finds himself in…  Well, all I can say at this point is, at least the trial won’t be boring…

Pet Peeve of the Day: Wicker Park

Quote of the Day: “The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down – You can’t let go and you can’t hold on – You can’t go back and you can’t stand still – If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will” –Grateful Dead

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Last week I happened to be reading an article on skin cancer in Glamour magazine of all places.  I had a small mole on my leg that I had been suspicious of for a little over a year and after reading the article, I decided it was time to go get it checked out.  So I went to see my dermatologist (Dr. Brieva at Northwestern– he’s THE BOMB!).  Turns out I needed to have a biopsy done on the mole and after several anxious days of waiting, I learned it was an abnormal mole that would eventually turn into melanoma, aka cancer.  Now I need to have it totally removed and I should be fine, but it was a scary little episode.  If you know me, you know I enjoy a good tan and sitting on the beach more than anything in this world!  So hopefully I will still be able to do that, except now I’ll have to be more careful.  And to avoid being pasty, I will need to invest in some serious spray tanning sessions– I’ve never done this, can anyone give me any tips?? 

So the point is, had I ignored this mole, I would have woken up with cancer in a few months, a year, years, who knows?  It is something that is totally treatable if you catch it early enough, so I insist that you get a mole check if you are the least bit worried about anything.  I am someone who doesn’t have the fairest of skin– I tan very easily and rarely burn, yet melanoma is now something I have to be aware of.  Ok, now my little health rant is over, but please be aware of this– not to be dramatic but, it can save your life!!!  AND scene.

Pet Peeve of the Day: Bucket boys and the suburbanites that “jam out” to them

Quote of the Day: “Sometime we live no particular way but our own – Sometimes we visit your country and live in your home – Sometimes we ride on your horses – Sometimes we walk alone – Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own” –Grateful Dead

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