Thursday, April 30, 2015

365 Project - Day 120 - "Blasting the Past"


April 30, 2015 - "Blasting the Past"

I just came across a long-forgotten Case Logic cassette tape holder from the early-'90s, filled with heavy metal treasures!

The very first cassette tape I ever bought for myself using my own money was "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince in 1988. (Don't laugh! It's a freakin' good album!) The collection just grew from there. At one point in time I had at least a couple-hundred or so cassette tapes. Some were store-bought, but most were copies recorded from vinyl records, CDs or from other cassette tapes - and given to me by friends and family. The collection ranged from the soundtrack to the movie "Amadeus" to some copies of Zappa albums - and a little of everything in-between.

There was, of course, a LOT of heavy metal... including every Iron Maiden and Metallica album that had been released to that point.

Every day I'd lug at least a half-dozen cassette tapes (mostly Iron Maiden or The Doors) in my bag, along with my clunky JVC cassette player with built-in equalizer. (I wanted a real Sony Walkman - but they were way too expensive). I'd listen to that thing on the bus ride to school... sometimes during art class... sometimes during lunch (which was usually spent in the art room anyway)... and again on the bus ride home. Then I'd switch to my boom-box once I was safely in my room.

In the late-summer of 1991 I bought my very first CD... Metallica's self-titled album, also known as the "Black Album". I didn't even own a CD player at the time... I had to use my brother's in order to make a cassette recording of the CD. Little-by-little CDs started to replace cassette tapes, and before I knew it I had a collection of several hundred CDs.

And little-by-little the cassette tapes disappeared. Some were given away... some were thrown away... some were just lost during the course of several moves. Today there's only around two-dozen cassette tapes remaining... mostly heavy metal. All of them are albums that I also have in CD and MP3 form.

These days most of my music is listened to either through iTunes on my computer... or through my iPod. Right now according to my iTunes library I have just shy of 1,500 albums by just over 700 different artists - and there's just shy of 20,000 songs on my iPod. So I guess it's safe to say that music is a very important part of my life!

But today it's all about the cassette tape! While I'm desperately trying to get stuff done I think I'm going to break out that case of old heavy metal tapes and blast them on my huge-ass Lasonic "ghetto-blaster" boom-box so the neighbors can hear it!

I think I'll start with some Overkill and Pro-Pain... and then move on from there. We'll see.

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