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At the ripe old age of almost-50, I seem to be assembling my first mixtape inside my head. Which is good, because I have no idea how to put one together in real life.


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Jan. 10th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
What's on your mix tape?
Jan. 10th, 2016 11:02 pm (UTC)
It seems to be romantically inclined at the moment: Bonnie Raitt's Something to Talk About, John Legend's All of Me, and Libby Roderick's How Could Anyone. I've been too busy to listen to much in the past several years, but a lot of what I have liked to seems to be neo soul, a term I didn't know before last night.
Jan. 12th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
I had to look up all of those! I keep trying to expand my musical horizons, but I must admit that I tend to return to the usual suspects like a kitten returning to its mother.

So far as making a CD is concerned, with the right software it's very easy (Windows Media Player is very good at CD burning). If you want to edit them all together into one continuous whole, with no breaks between songs, then download Audacity, which is a free program that allows easy editing of mp3 files.

I don't recommend making an actual mix tape though, as then your children will look at you and sigh. ;)
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
And Let It Go has muscled it's way onto the list. I have a new cheap anti-depressant -- Let It Go fan videos. They're even better than cat videos and almost as good as It Gets Better. There's nothing like 60,000+ people singing individually about the pain of alienation to make you go, "Wow, so it's not just me?" I was a bit busy when they came out so I'm catching up.

It can be hard to find good music I haven't heard before. I seem to have not only outlived bands, but entire genres, which is annoying. I'm sure it's out there, but it doesn't seem to be getting any easier to hunt it down.

Thanks for the information. I have trouble even finding tapes these days, not to mention tape players.

Gah, I sound like a fuddy-duddy, although judging from next year's "Mad Men" influenced fashions, I seem to have reached old age sometime before I was even born.
Jan. 11th, 2016 08:26 am (UTC)
Do you have a recipient in mind, or is it just for you? Valentine's isn't so far away...

Jan. 11th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
We'll see. right now I'm torn between making a playlist and learning the music on piano. Or both. I haven't played in decades but my fingers are starting to itch, and I find myself brushing off my Star Wars theme. I've got How Could Anyone in a folk songbook somewhere, and I found a collection of All of Me, Let it Go, and Pharrell's Happy on Amazon; it's now in my shopping cart.

But I still need to join the 21st Century.
Jan. 12th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Do you mean literally the practicalities of putting together a mix on a virtual file or ripped and burned to a DVD? I cannot claim to truly understand the technicalities or the software and am in the same boat: I don't really know what I'm talking about and indeed if I'm using the right concepts and terminology.

Where is a young person to explain in a slightly condescending tone?
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