Sunday, 24 April 2016
I'VE GOT IT TAPED...
Back in the late '70s and throughout the '80s and early '90s,
I kept in contact with friends living in England or abroad via an
interesting variation of the 'Cassette-a-Letter'. Rather than just
record a 10 or 15 minute voice message, I'd turn it into an hour
long 'radio' show, with records and comedy clips punctuating
my meandering monologues about what I'd been up to.
I called these shows 'Groan With Gordie', and soon some
of my pals adopted the habit themselves. 'Boak With Brian'
and 'Ramble With Campbell' were the sorts of titled tapes that
popped through my letterbox at semi-regular intervals. I still have
all of the ones I received, 'though I suspect that the ones I sent
have long since been consigned to the dustbin of history.
These days, of course, there's no need for cassette tapes
to keep in touch with anyone. Skype and the Internet now
enable people to have easy access to friends or relatives dotted
around the world - almost instantaneously in some cases. So the
advent of emails ended an era for me, and my recorded 'radio'
shows shuffled offstage and into far too early retirement.
I probably enjoyed recording my tapes far more than the
recipients ever enjoyed listening to them, but it was something
that I used to look forward to doing. "What should I talk about ?
What songs and clips shall I play,?" etc. The new revolution in
technology may have changed the way people maintain contact
nowadays, making it far easier and quicker for them, but for
any benefits gained, there's always something lost in the
swap-over, in my humble estimation.
Let's pause as Gordie sadly gives one last groan
in melancholy remembrance of a now-vanished age.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, April 24, 2016