Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My place & yours - Music

I am playing My place and yours over at Hello Owl today, and the theme is top drawers.

I had been racking my brains what I could put up for this post. All, I mean all of  the top drawers in this house are a mess and I would be embarrassed for anyone to take a squizz at them.

However, there is one drawer I haven't looked into for a very, very, very, long time. That drawer duckies is the music cassette drawer. It is in the media cabinet, that used to be a  big kitchen cupboard. The old cutlery drawer is just the size for old cassettes and a bucketful of memories.

Once upon a time my pets, if you wanted to travel with music, it was the choice of either crappy radio or cassettes. All of these casssettes travelled up and down the east coast in our totally cool silver Ford XP Coupe. My memories of these travels are like a sepia TV commercial.

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If you liked a person, you made a mixed tape. Taping was in real time, so when you made a tape, you listened to the music as you made it...no quick downloads. Girls usually decorated their favourite mixed tape cover with a  collage of magazine pics. We had the time then to do all of that.

There is a plethora of Australia 80's inner city and alternative music there. Classic stuff that never made it out of the inner city because "alternative" hadn't been marketed then. There was a time we lived just to see the next band and had a lot of fun. We had an encyclopedic knowledge of music way back to the 50's and often the 20's and 30's. There was no internet, so we had to retain as much as possible into our heads.

Now I am old and grey, feeble and crooked and I am getting way too maudlin. Music does that to you. So shut the drawer for another ten years. Turn on the tele, have a cuppa, dowload some music and live in the present. xxNick


  1. Tapes...remember them! I still use mine in my car, I don't think I'll upgrade for that very reason.

  2. I remember when the ONLY choice for music in the car was the radio. So you can not be that feeble and gray...=)

  3. Oh yes I do remember all those cassettes! I've had my fair share of them too, but finally culled them all last year or the one before. But they can certainly bring on some memories can't they? We don't have a player for them anymore and neither does the car! All disc playing now. :)

  4. I still have all my cassettes too, in a box somewhere. My kids can't even imagine a world without downloadable music, ipods and the rest. Now they collect LP's would you believe?



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