Friday, May 3, 2013

Today I made you a mixtape...

So, like many others, one of my favourite pastimes is making mixes. I probably don't take it quite so seriously as some other people do (there are definitely some 'rules' I like to go by when making them but I'm not that finicky about it or about how other people make their own mixes).

I used to make mixtapes, on cassettes, in high school and just after, when I would make the covers by hand (drawn or glued together) and write out the playlists on brown paper and other bits and pieces. I still have most of the tapes that haven't stretched. I remember stacking up CDs and records, making lists of all the songs I wanted to use off of them and trying to figure out which songs would sound good one after the other. And never ever filling the tape up - there was always either a long gap or songs got cut off! I clearly never quite mastered that part of the art of the mixtape.

And then I moved to CDs (some of which made it into the music collections of my friends) but in the digital age, I mainly make them as playlists and upload them to my 8tracks account. I still enjoy making them and burning them off for friends, so I tend to leave them at around CD length (but I never upload the mixes I make for someone else - it seems to ruin the personal nature of making a mix specifically for another person).

Anyway, I thought I'd be self-indulgent and share a few that some of my readers may enjoy listening to! Even though it's not what I usually blog about, I guess. And if you've got an 8tracks account and like what you hear, feel free to follow me (or leave me your username if you're a fellow mix-maker). 

A mix that is mainly old soul and some ska/reggae/rocksteady tracks. And about unhappy love/broken hearts. The photo was taken by Malick Sibide.

Another mix of broken hearts and unhappy love. (There are just so many great songs on the subject!) A lot of Italian songs. 

And, lastly, this ended up being my most popular playlist both on 8tracks and Tumblr:

I did similar mixes compiling my favourite upbeat doo-wop songs and one of my favourite 'British Invasion' tracks, too.

I'm not sure which are my own favourite mixes but my favourites tend to be the least well-received. Off the top of my head, I'd say my favourite three (apart from those in this post) would be: Restless Feeling, Love in a Void and How Come You're Such a Hit with the Boys, Jane?

And if you want to see any of the playlists, just take a look at my 'mixes' tag on Tumblr.

Thank-you to anyone who made it this far - I've been feeling a bit nostalgic, lately, and making mixes is one of those things that lets me indulge that nostalgia, I guess. Even if I make them in a very different (and far less time-consuming) way than I used to.

Pssst, remember there is still time to enter the What Katie Did competition!


  1. I will have to have a listen to some of these.

    To be totally honest I have only ever made one "mix" and that was a for a friend last year. It was fun picking out stuff I knew she would actually like...BUT I have never actually had anyone make me a mixed tape. The only thing I can think of that comes close is hubby calling the radio once to request them play a song a know, way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    I do love making playlists for myself on my ipod now it's so easy.

  2. Breakin’ Up is Breakin’ My Heart by Roy Orbison is just precious!

  3. Awesome post, Andi! I've always been keen on mixtapes, too - especially the ones I used to create on cassette tapes (complete with songs off of the radio, natch, which so often included pesky interludes from the radio DJ to discourage people from doing that, but I doubt it ever actually stopped many people). This post is just the reminded I need to put together a new mix or two for the coming summer months - thanks, hon!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Just listening to the Woo Woo Wee mix and it's awesome, thank you SO much for sharing! I've just discovered your blog and I've got a feeling it's going to go very high in my favourites. Keep up the awesome work! <3

    Lots of love,

  5. I have not made a mix tape in AAAAGES! I have to rectify this pronto!

    On another note - I thought about your yesterday as I went round my local carboot sale. I saw - boxed - a whole bunch of UK Sindy stuff from the 80's. My heart skipped a beat (until I asked the price and then it nearly stopped!) but I thought "Ahhh - Andi'd love this!"

  6. Thank you!!! A Rocksteady/Ska/Reggae mix worth listening to!!! My husband and I listen to such music on a regular basis but NO ONE who knows what it is or listens to it too, so this is wonderful that you did this!! I'm listening to it now. hehe.


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