the mixed tape – as revolutionary as sliced bread?

June 13th, 2009

It is Saturday morning, and I’m making banana bread listening to an Apple iTunes Genius composed playlist that I seeded with Led Zepplin’s Going to California. Listening to this poorly composed playlist (Pandora would have created a better mix), it dawned on me that the invention of home recording devices like tape recorders which allowed the invention of the mix tape, must have been ground breaking. Listening to my playlist pulling Allman Brothers, Led Zepplin, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, and others, I can’t even imagine a time when people had two choices – to listen to the radio (a playlist composed by advertisers and producers) or single artist records – much less a time long before, when they were lucky to have a hand cranked record player. How much more rich life must be since the dawn of accessible music devices and the home concocted playlist.