Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Two-Track Tuesday: Legacy Content

I came up with the idea for this latest series a couple of weeks ago when I realized just how many cassettes I have stored away in my living room closet. Then yesterday, the New York Times published an article about the demise of the cassette as a viable format for audio books. There seems to be no better time to begin culling through my great audio cassette archive in an attempt to begin digitizing--or just recycling--the music and sounds that brought me safely through the '80s and '90s.

Every cassette has a story to share and is encoded within some biographical context that grew around the musical content of the two-track I was listening to at the time. In sometimes perfect symbiosis, I couldn't always tell where the song ended and my life began.

Each Tuesday, I'll pull out one cassette tape--or perhaps a handful--and begin working through some of the stories that remain encased inside the little plastic coffin.

I invite my dear readers to contribute their own stories and their own musical collections stored away in a box somewhere.

Next week's cassette: K-Tel's Reflections.

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