Sound bites from the past

Memories come in various shapes and sizes – mostly as our own mental images, as experiences, as smells, as music, as sounds, as moments of happiness, and many other emotions that help us recollect a particular incident with amazing clarity.

I spent this week clearing hundreds of old audio cassettes, which we have somehow not had the heart to throw – though most of the songs are available on the Internet these days.

As I sorted through them, so many wonderful memories came rushing back. There were cassettes containing dance tracks that I had performed in school and university. I remember my mom taking them to a recording studio to get them edited to the required length. There were cassettes of all the hits that we used to sing, of our favourite bands. The tapes must have got worn out by all the playing.

There was an audio cassette labelled ‘Family’. I played it on my small cassette player. The familiar whoosh sound started. Somebody seems to have recorded our family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Silly jokes, some singing, some teasing…and then my Dad’s voice. I choked as I heard his voice. How much I missed those days.

There were cassettes of our music lessons..many of them arranged by date. Then, lots of movie audio tracks.

I retained only the ‘Family’ and music lessons cassettes. All the rest, I threw away. Before I threw them, I showed my children the cassettes, explained how they worked and showed them how the tape was spooled inside.

As the spools in them rotated all those years ago, our lives happened!

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21 Responses to Sound bites from the past

  1. priyankamoraes says:

    I have some too. Ones when mum recorded my first babbles and the few words to send to dad since he was away. The old charm !!!

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  2. Sastha says:

    Analog is/was charming! 🙂 Miss them… Have to search for my Sony Walkman and some cassettes… they must be around.


  3. Erika Kind says:

    So many wonderful memories!!! Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. katelon says:

    I still have a bunch of cassettes. For ones you treasure you can take it to a place that makes them into a CD and you can upload it onto your computer then 🙂

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  5. I actually wrote a blog a while back on a mix tape and how it captured a romance…but then of course unspooled and became warped as so many do. I suppose it could have been a mixed CD, but it’s just not the same!

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  6. Like sands of an hourglass…so go the days of our lives. If you don’t want to store them on CDs, you can put them on memory sticks too. 😉

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  7. Hey,I nominated you for ‘If you are a quote lover’ challenge.:)

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  8. andeepak says:

    Oh nice…, these days we capture a lot of moments, those days a few were captured but precious ones, My dad brought a few old black and white photos to show it my son when he Visited our old house at Mysore, they are all priceless

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