An old friend, one from when we were teenagers, sent me a message tonight for no other reason than to tell me she was thinking of me because she was listening to an 80s alternative music radio stream and she realized just how many bands I had introduced her to back then.
Apparently, she still has a bunch of mixtapes I made for her back then of bands that were considered outre and obscure at the time, but that have since gotten famous, a few of which have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
She thanked me profusely for introducing her to all kinds of genres and bands she wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.
It made me smile. And I thanked her for her kind words.
And then… I got a little sad. I can’t entirely explain why, or maybe I just won’t, but it made my evening bittersweet.
So, in that spirit, I’ll ask whomever wants to chime in:
You’re sixteen or seventeen and you’re listening to a mixtape. Which songs and bands are you listening to?