5. …but totally freaking out over it while listening to it alone in your bedroom. Someone made a tape just for you, and it was awesome!
8. Making your tape as eclectic as possible to give the impression that you were some kind of all-knowing music genius.
Also, rare B sides and non-album tracks were always mixtape gold because they showed you had a deep knowledge of an artist’s body of work.
12. The fine art of making tapes specifically for road trips.
14. Editing tape in real time by learning how to hit the buttons at exactly the right moment.
15. The magic of high-speed dub, and discovering that there are songs that somehow sound a little better at that speed.
17. Learning how to correctly estimate how much time you have left on a side just by eyeballing the reels.
19. Getting ambitious and creative with your tape by adding random radio noise, comedy bits, movie dialogue, or your own “DJ” banter between songs.
21. Breaking out the markers to make some custom packaging.
25. Collecting stuff from magazines to make collages for tape art.
26. Making your tape covers into weird inside jokes that will only make sense for the recipient.
30. Taping over commercial cassettes you don’t want anymore by putting a bit of Scotch tape over the top tabs.
33. Always listening to the entire tape, because rewinding and fast-forwarding through it would be a pain in the ass.
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