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