Mixed Tape Monday

28 Sep

So I was able to go back in time and tap into my days of Levis Jeans, Lucky Charms, and yellow neon attire in order to create another awesome 80s mix tape for a friend who celebrated the big 4-0 milestone this weekend.

I actually love making these for my comadres as I can’t remember ever getting one myself back in the day. I remember getting tapes, and I was grateful for those, but no one seemed to give me enough thought back then to take the time to make one of these for me.

But I get it … it took a while to listen to the radio for that one song to come out, to hear it in the privacy of the late night so that no one would interrupt your kick-ass mix by yelling at you for not picking something up, and then you had to hit the red record button at just the right moment so that you didn’t get the DJ calling out “THIS IS LOVE SONGS ON POWER 106!” Sometimes this was a two-man kind of job.

You had to reeeeeeaaaally love someone to go through all that.

I get it.

It wasn’t easy in those days, but plenty of people got them. I’d see them in the front pocket of their Jansport backpacks with some awesome artwork attached to the cover. I’d seen it! So I knew they existed. I knew it. They were out there … those 60 minutes of undying teenage love, and if you were lucky enough to get one … duuuuuuude.

So thinking back on how awesome it would have felt to get me one of those, I thought I’d make my own mix tapes for each of my comadres on their 40th birthdays to show them how special they were to me and how important their friendship has been throughout the years. Maybe they’d get that awesome I’m-special-to-someone-teenage feeling that escaped me during Marty McFly days.

Maybe, I’d take them way back, to a time with great memories and bad hair. Each friend has brought something different to my life and I’m grateful for what I’ve learned from them. Vero, brought me friendship without judgement, support, laughter, mom advice, a shoulder to lean on, and hard truths with a graceful touch.

This weekend she celebrated with a surprise party, and they pulled it off. She was definitely surprised, although I didn’t see it because I had carpooled with someone and we managed to arrive just as she was entering the venue. So we hid behind clear glass and a rubber tree plant.

Good thing she didn’t turn around.

We celebrated the night away with good conversation, laughs, and music. This was her mix tape.

Two Occasions – The Deele

Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore — REO Speedwagon

Love You Down — Ready for the World

I Got You Babe — UB40

One More Night — Phil Collins

Head Over Heals — Tears for Fears

Cool It Now — New Edition

The Way You Make Me Feel — Michael Jackson

More Than a Woman — The Bee Gees

Mas Que Tu Amigo — Marco Antonio Solis



6 Responses to “Mixed Tape Monday”

  1. bgddyjim September 29, 2015 at 1:57 AM #

    LOL! Gotta love the hair bands, dude. My wife made me one of those when we were dating 20-odd years ago!

    • The Guat September 29, 2015 at 5:17 PM #

      Duuuuuude you are one lucky dude, because that is L-O-V-E. You were one of the lucky few, hope you still have that TDK tape 🙂 thanks for stopping by and enjoying the music.

  2. anotherday2paradise September 29, 2015 at 6:05 AM #

    The ‘Saturday Night Fever’ took me back a bit. Those were the days. 🙂

    • The Guat September 29, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

      Love that song…every time I hear it I bust out my John Travolta moves. All I’m missing is the polyester and gold chains 🙂 thanks for tuning in.

  3. susielindau September 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM #

    Little did we know back then that we would be able to make, “mixed videos!” It’s like our own personal MTV. Even that’s antiquated…

    • The Guat September 29, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

      Our own MTV ha! Love that! Yup now I’m a master DJ and no interruptions from the station with he most hits 🙂 thanks for listening to the jams 🙂

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