Friday, July 6, 2007

How Will 16 Year Olds Express Their Love?

Does anyone watch How I Met Your Mother? It's a pretty funny show. Anyway, a line from that show seems to be a good introduction to this post. This guy Ted is trying to get this girl Robin to go out with him. He's already tried several times. Then he's telling his friends:

"I'm gonna try one more thing to get her to go out with me. I'm pulling out all the stops. I'm gonna...I'm gonna make her a mix tape."

He's joking, but that was pretty funny, I thought. Anyway, I was thinking as I was driving home last night, that the mix tape will soon be a thing of the past. With the advent of iPods and other such devices, there will be no CDs and therefore no mix tapes. Does anyone remember when mix tapes were actually on tapes, by the way?

How many young relationships have been solidified with a mix tape of the perfectly chosen songs to represent exactly how the young lover feels? How many relationships will be torn asunder by lack of a mix tape to define their flowering love? Alas, I fear, the answer is too many for my taste. I just hope that love will survive.

3 comments:

Joe said...

They still have mixtapes; they're just called "playlists" now.

ChuckJerry said...

But playlists are not the same. If you want to give it to someone, then they have to download the songs onto their own iPod, which is impractical.

Hasdai said...

The youth will have to revert to that long-lost art that was eradicated by the advent of professional musicians and mass-produced audio devices: coming up with their own damn love song. Or a sonnet perhaps. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Oh wait, that one's been done already.