Monday, October 15, 2007

everything comes and goes

I was cleaning out the car the other day - well, I say 'cleaning out' actually all I did was gather these tapes together - which got me reminiscing. I think I probably spent the entire of my teenage years compiling play lists on cassettes. I loved making compilations, always trying to get all of my very favourite tracks onto one tape. But favourites come and go just like lovers and styles of clothes (sorry, I had to do it. I had been working up to that line) and, of course, the way we listen to our music. I am sad to let go of some of these old friends but we've come to the end of the road. It's over.

(Actually I may just keep them for a little longer, could probably get at least one more drawing from them!)

I'm using this one for Everyday Matters challenge #61, draw a grouping of similar objects.

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Anonymous wagonized said...

Andrea, you knock my socks right off again. You brought me right back to the days of mixed tapes (especially Stones mix tapes, trying to convert all my friends...) -- what a brilliant drawing.

1:00 AM  
Blogger r.e.wolf said...

"At least, it's not the end of the world..."

1:17 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Wow oh wow, what a wonderful drawing. I love your commentary also. lol

3:09 AM  
Blogger PG said...

Ah, that takes me back - a lovely drawing and a reminder of many happy hours spent splicing music together,

10:58 AM  
Blogger Felicity said...

At least you're not coming home with your reel to reel! ;) Tapes! I haven't seen those in years - are you a hoarder perchance?! Super drawing!

11:36 AM  
Blogger suzanne said...

Oh I hear you, do I ever hear you. It's so hard to say goodbye to times past. I think it also reveals we're getting older...

Beautiful, beautiful drawing.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Claudia said...

As ususal, your choice of subject matter and its treatment is funny, magical and unique. More like this one, please!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Nina Johansson said...

Wow, this certainly takes me back too! I made loads of mix tapes (who didn´t, those days?) and I found a lot of them this summer when my mom sold our old house. So cool to hear them all again, some brought nice memories or at least a good laugh, while others brought nausea...;)
I didn´t throw them away, though, I took them to our summer house where we still have a tape recorder - that we use! :)

2:44 PM  
Anonymous petescully said...

such a nice drawing.
mixtapes... i was a mixtape person, i enjoyed nothing more. the last person i made an actual mixtape for was the woman who is now my wife. I remember witting there for a few hours with the headphones on, carefully choosing stuff that i thought she would like but that would also make me look cool. There is still the compilation CD, of course, but even that has had a relatively short-lived existence with everyone going mp3. It's all playlists now. The fun has been sucked out of it, but i still have a few excellent mixtapes i will take with me to the grave.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Eva said...

That's great that you can make such an interesting picture from a collection of tapes. Liked the post too :-)

5:08 PM  
Anonymous shirley said...

As amazing as always. I'm always anxious to see your fabulous interpretations of our challenges.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

how do you do it? come up with something more amazing than the last amazing drawing? one always follows that fascinates me more. you come up with the most interesting collections of things. and cassettes no less. turning them into little wonders of drawings and provoking such trips down memory lane. thank you yet again.

7:13 PM  
Blogger juj said...

Simply brilliant drawing, and I have to say you are much braver than I. I don't even own a cassette player that works anymore, yet I still can't bear to get rid of all those old mix tapes...

9:04 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks everyone!

I just love it when I hit on a subject that seems to strike a chord with people. I've found, since blogging, that people seem to get fired up by the most unusual of subjects from beetroots to Birkenstocks. I just LOVE it, especially when you share your tales and experiences. I guess that I had a feeling that the good old cassette may resonate. The hours, days, spent choosing the most perfect compilation. Lining up each track and then writing them down on that card. That was my favourite bit actually writing the tracks down in my best handwriting.

Pete, I loved to make them as gifts too. And you are SO right - it was getting that mix of favourite tracks that would also make you look cool.

Felicity, very good, I like your style!! And, yes as soon as I read those words I just had to dig out Hejira. Playing it RIGHT now in fact. I think that Amelia is in my top 3 Joni songs and would definately make my JM compilation.

Tracy, I' blushing from your very kind comment. Thanks

Cheers everybody. You made my day...again!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Yes, great commentary and drawing. How long do you spend on one drawing like this one, Andrea?

12:24 AM  
Anonymous martha said...

Ah yes, I was once very proud of my vast and beloved tape collection. Now, music is on the ipod - not a bad replacement, I must say.

Great drawing, as always.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous WR Jones said...

Along with a new lover you might want to consider some cd, dvd, mp3 players.

7:57 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks guys,

Wendy, this took about four hours, solid. No looking up! I was wiped out after it.

Yeah, the Ipod is not a bad alternative but, as WR says, I guess they'll all go the same way as good old tape soon enough. It's a little depressing in a way...


10:27 PM  
Anonymous Fricka said...

waaaaaahh!!! was the response that burst forth from me when i saw this drawing! i just love how supremely kool this drawing is! (yes, cool with K! its that good!)

im not too young to remember mix tape days.. ipods just aren't the same are they?

oh and I like beetroot too :P

11:27 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I love it! I still have some tapes too, and was just thinking this morning along the same lines, deciding to keep them for a little longer.

6:40 AM  
Blogger phthaloblu said...

I hear ya. I think a lot of us did the same thing. This is a great drawing. I have all my tapes in shoeboxes....

3:13 AM  
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