Friday, October 12, 2018

Mewsical Memories On Cassette

Tomorrow, October 13th, is known as Cassette Store Day, which began in the UK in 2013 and quickly grew to become a global event with the participation of the United States, Japan, Germany and France. It's a day that aims to keep what was once perceived as a dead format alive and viable in today's digital age!

You can pretty much date a person by the way they grew up listening to music. As a little girl in the 80s it was all about cassettes for me. Some of my fondest memories are of my mom picking me up after school and taking me to Strawberries or Coconuts (remember those stores?) to buy a new cassette, especially on Tuesday afternoon which was release day. (Even though they were big at the time, I was never really into mix tapes, mostly because my tastes have never been very eclectic and I tended to listen to a fairly small number of artists. Yes, it was Conway even back then and a handful of others.)

In 1994 I bought my first (expensive at the time) box set on cassette with money from my after school job. Guess who? LOL

Actually, to this day I'm STILL buying cassettes for my Conway collection whenever I spot one on eBay that I don't have. (So for anyone keeping track, I collect him on CD, vinyl, cassette, and I also have several 8 tracks and a couple reel-to-reels. I'm obsessed.)

Are you of the cassette generation or did you grow up with another format of music?


Mickey's Musings said...

Mum remembers cassettes.
She also remembers when they would get stuck in the car player.
She remembers vinyl too and the 45s format :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Patricia T said...

That is quite a collection! I grew up with albums and 45s.

Cathy Keisha said...

Watch out with cassettes. They tend to disintegrate. TW had hundreds of cassettes but hasn't played any in years so she's not even sure if they're still playable. I'm surprised you haven't adopted a male cat to name Conway. MOL! Love that you keep the American economy running.


Oh no I'm of that generation...actually I was of the age of vinyl! Which is amusingly coming back into style. I am sad in a way but back when I bought my house and had to move I sold all of my albums. I had some really good classic rock albums too.

pilch92 said...

I am the cassette generation. I must say I don't miss them though. I used to hate when they would get stuck in the cassette player and unwind. Then I would try to roll it back in with a pencil, but it never was the same.

Rene said...

When I was very young, I listened to records and had a children's record player. As a preteen I started buying cassettes. I remember the very first one I bought with my own money: The Judds Rockin' with the Rhythm. I still have it.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I felt so guilty ... like I was running over a puppy in my car, when I bought my first CD.
ps - Shout out to my SweetTortie4U on our blog today ;)

Mama Cat said...

Hahaha!I was of the vinyl generation. 45's and 33 1/3 speeds. Cassettes were a great portable upgrade unless they broke or unwound. Thank you for sharing and for the memories! I watched Loretta Lynn on TV a lot with my mother but only Conway if they were on a show together.

The Menagerie Mom said...

I grew up in the '90s, at the tail end of the cassette tape era. My first memories of music involve lots of cassettes. It was also the era of trying to record your favorite song on the radio by having a cassette tape at the ready, with your finger hovering over the record button in anticipation. After that, it was all about the CDs.