love letter from another heart – a mixed tape adventure from the early 90s

Bittersweet Chocolate is my favorite – wonderful as is, but with room to broaden the flavor.

Anyway, as I was walking down my street a few weeks ago I found a bag of discarded tapes. Most of them were store bought, but there were a few mixed tapes in the bunch. After looking through the mixed tapes I picked up the one with prettiest case and brought it home – in white out on the back it read – “A TAPE FOR ELISSA ❤ TINY" – how could one pass that up. I was emotional and rather tender of heart after the ending of my relationship, so I decided to hold off on the listening; trusting the perfect moment would arise to roam through the love of random strangers.

That time has come. And, what a wonderful adventure through the love of Tiny for Elissa I have had.

There was no playlist so I had to listen to find out what the story was…

A trip into the late 80s, early 90s! Well worth the wait. Memories!

Side one is a rather tentative at first – a bit of self explanation. This is who I am says Tiny with REM, Pearl Jam and Social Distortion. We get a glimpse of an outcast in flannel and combat boots, perhaps hair in the eyes and heart of sensitive gold. Then the plunge – the opening of that heart to the beautiful Elissa with Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting…then come songs for her heart. Which is, I am extrapolating, also clad in flannel, but wearing a skirt and Chuck Taylors…Cowboy Junkies, Sinead O, Eddie and her Bohemians (thank you Elissa for inspiring Tiny to think outside the cereal box here) – and then highlight of the tape for me – Concrete Blonde’s Tomorrow Wendy! Lenny Kravitz then rocks us back into the softness of the Cowboy Junkies.

Okay, having gotten through the ‘hi this is who I am’, ‘this is who you are’ and ‘I love you’ of side one…side two is all sex and REM…

Tiny blatantly starts, ‘the we are gonna make out to this baby,’ second side with The Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik – you gotta love the early 90’s baby – then lays it down with the Divinyls and Nine Inch Nails and the second high point of the mix – PRINCE STARFISH & COFFEE (YES I HAD TO YELL – I love that one, brilliant choice!) The obligatory surprise number is from Beauty and The Beast. Side B is so filled with the lovely sound of the record button going down mostly a moment to early or late it makes you wonder how their sex life was…on that note…enjoy the ride…click away!

Side A
R.E.M – Drive
Pearl Jam – Breath
Social Distortion – Story of My Life
RIchard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Cowboy Junkies – Misguided Angel
Sinead O'conner – Just Call Me Joe
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians- Little Miss S.
Concrete Blonde – Tomorrow Wendy
More Than Anything In this World- Lenny Kravitz
Cowboy Junkies – Mining for Gold (and then the tape goes scratch scratch clunk end in middle of songs as tapes are wont to do.)

Side B
The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Social Distortion – Sick Boy
The Divinyls – Lay Your Body Down
Be Our Guest – from Beauty and the Beast
REM – Try Not To Breath
The Cure – Love Cats
Prince – Starfish and Coffee
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
REM – Can't Get There from Here
Sinead O'Conner – Black Boys on Mopeds
Seal – Crazy

Thank you Tiny and Elissa for your love. I am honored to have shared your journey and hearts for a moment. My heart feels lighter with the bittersweetness of being awash in other folk’s love… I wonder what happened to all the mixed tapes I made for loves found and lost…Love. Lust. Time. Music. Tapes.



~ by asmallfryup on September 20, 2010.

2 Responses to “love letter from another heart – a mixed tape adventure from the early 90s”

  1. This whole thing is great…the journey that tape has had, and now further on to all of us, love it! Nice interpretation of the track list too 🙂

    • awe thanks! i picked up a second tape and it sucked rotten eggs….endless whaling whining grunge rock that thank god i couldn’t quite recall all of…but that one didn’t have a label or anything…

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