Tuesday, December 28, 2010

one shot: timing & mix tapes

we made mix tapes
to commemorate moments,
spending hours putting them
together, running tapes forward
and back, sifting through shoe
boxes of recordings seeking the
perfect song, to set the mood
& switching them in & out, hitting
play & play & record in a
synchronized finger dance to
not leave a long pause or catch
a snippet of the wrong song
breaking the feeling generated,
yes timing was everything

(these are the things you
will never understand now
that all it takes is ripping
music straight from the CD
or downloading direct &
arranging in minutes)

yes timing was everything
cause it took time & effort
if you "wanna know what
love is" just remember
"every rose has it's thorn"
which seemed like a bad omen
but made its way onto every
one i ever made, but the dream
was if you got it just right, it
might win her heart & not end
up in the weeds by the side of
the road, brown tape unspooling
in the breeze, after friday night

& nothing was worse than
finding the one you just made,
trash bag in hand for adopt-a-
highway, community service
beer can, beer can, mix tape
strewn by the side of the road
we'd pick up, wishing it would rain
to hide the feeling generated
in that long pause as you held
yours in your hand realising
the song is done and you are
just waiting for the pop of
the tape having reached its end,
yes, timing was everything.

ragged pencil in hand we'd try
to wind it back tight the whole
time knowing it would never
play the same again having
flown from the window, its
wings clipped by the same
fingers that once entwined yours,
but it did not deter us from once
more doing the dance on the
buttons with our fingers, finding
the perfect song & winning the
heart of the girl because
it was just a matter of time &
yes, timing was everything

One Shot Wednesday - a poetic flashmob, write a poem, come join us for the last one of the year! And to all those that participate each week, thank you for your support. The new year is only going to see One Stop getting better and better. Glad you are on the journey with us.

91 comments:

budh.aaah said...

Oh yes, timing is everything.
Beautifully put Brian 'and we would wish it would rain' - to hide all those tears.

Daniel said...

This is about more than mix tapes (and yes the younger generation will have no clue). It is the die-hard spirit of seekers. No matter how painful a loss is when we realize how hard we worked and how much we gave, we still try to get right back on that horse that bucked us off the next time that it gallops around.

Daniel said...

This is about more than mix tapes (and yes the younger generation will have no clue). It is the die-hard spirit of seekers. No matter how painful a loss is when we realize how hard we worked and how much we gave, we still try to get right back on that horse that bucked us off the next time that it gallops around.

kaleidoscope said...

Wow, what memories....the mix tape, timing...every rose has its thorn...wild times. Brilliant romp down memory lane.

Rock on dude

deb said...

I just love coming here.

Your soul is deep and good and inspiring.

LauraX said...

Love this Brian...I was a girl who would have been touched and overwhelmed when a guy would send me a mix tape (remember snail mail packages too?) They always seemed to be from guys who I just wanted to be "friends" with....the guys I liked were never that romantic. Oh, my...so long ago.

Together We Save said...

Timing is everything.... nice post!

Hope said...

love your post!
wonderfully written

thank you

Eva Gallant said...

That brought back memories!

Dulce said...

WOW I love this one a lot my dear Brian...
Oh those times when in tapes you could record the best compilations just for you and your beloved...
I still keep a few somewhere- i seem to be unable to get rid of them all--- one gets stuck on things
and timing- yes, as timing

Tara Miller said...

And I still have the mixed tape you made for me....what's most special about it are the messages you spoke to me in between each song....do you remember?

Tabor said...

Yah, Yah...and I had to walk three miles in the snow to get to school...no wonder we are getting dumber and fatter as a society.

Baino said...

Ah the joy and frustration. Frankly I love my iPod! Songs are still chosen with care but no roadside rubbish.

drybottomgirl said...

I loved this! I found a box of mixed tapes not too long ago...the problem being there was nothing to play them on. I grew up watching my brothers with their 8 tracks and albums (Good-bye Yellow Brick Road) and now in seconds Alex downloads songs onto his phone, but I think it was better for us, the effort whether rewarded or rejected was just part of the growing process :) smiles.....

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh yes, I remember making those and putting my heart and soul into it being perfect. You captured the feelings perfectly.
Cheers, jj

rosaria said...

Oh yes, those attempts at winning the heart of that special someone. Mixing a special tape, priceless.

Monkey Man said...

Timing and rolling back the hands of time. One is sometimes coincidence and the other in impossible. Great one shot.

Claudia said...

..but it did not deter us...because time & timing was everything - yep - i like this never-give-up message in here

moondustwriter said...

ahhh that's what guys were doing when they were forwarding and reversing cuing the favorite song

nice one Bri and a Happy New Year

Moonie smiles

Eric Alder said...

"I made you a mix-MP3-playlist"

Nah, just doesn't sound right.

Nice One Shot, Brian!

Me said...

I think I made more than I received...sigh. :)

I loved this one. Definitely captured a time that speaks to me...
-C

JStar said...

:) This is nice...bringing back memories man...I hope all is well!

Awdures said...

This is what I've been doing tonight. Music plays such a big part in your adolescence and mix tapes certainly bought it back to me! Timing is everything and we're lucky to have those moments that people can't take away. Lovely write Brian

bumfuzzled said...

love the vehicle of mixed tapes to carry the concept of persistence in "love" how easy we give up on some things, but not that one :)

Pastor Sharon said...

I concur with Daniel's post.

I also remember how many hours we must have all spent grueling over getting it all just right on tape!

And, my confession, I just threw 300 cassettes in the trash this past summer when I was cleaning out a closet!

Do you know how painful it was to let go of Motley Crue, Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Corey Hart, and many others who have collected dust for well over a decade now?

The things we hold onto!

The things we have to let go of!

Yes, Daniel, this is more than just cassette tapes!

Suz said...

you have quite a style
enjoyed this very much

Desert Rose said...

Beautiful Brian..touched my heart and when you write this amazing flow..i just can't help it..memories rush in..

Tina said...

As the recipient of many, wonderful mix tapes, this so resonates. I STILL have all of them even though our last cassette player died years ago. (What's kinda funny to me is that two of my former mix tape givers are now professional Djs) It's about showing your heart and speaking to theirs through song. it's a powerful medium and I love how you captured it. Great piece, Brian.

hedgewitch said...

Made so many of them, gave the best of them away, "loaned" for a road trip, never seen again, or the guy, for that matter...but it really is about the timing...'lose your dreams and you/will lose yer mind...'

Beachanny said...

Did Joy Jones just take the words out of my mouth??? She did, she did..oh that hedgewitch. (She truly is magical). I was the Queen of the mixed tape and then the cut tapes for dance recitals, ice skating programs, and even restaurants for various hours of the day..now all my decks are dead from disuse. I miss them and dancing as we cut them!

Thoughts Not Lost said...

Timing means so much. Thank you for a trip down memory lane, I too remember mix tapes. Great job!

KB said...

Mixed tapes sure take me back. I forgot it was One Shot day but I have Christmas pics up instead. Hope you had a ownderful Christmas.

Asobime said...

Enduring human spirit, even more than a profound and complex love poem.

Excellent.

Lady Nyo

gayle said...

This is so beautiful and brings back memories!

❥ ќʀɨsтɨиɑ said...

Hello! I was here, asking for friendship. ;) Would you like to follow each others blogs? Advance Happy New Year. :D

nance marie said...

timing...

Shewriting said...

nice write...mixed tapes - lol...haven't thought of those in a long time but yes, I made a few (even put the song 'Oh, Sheila' on one of them...how embarassing!)

Teresa said...

This brings back the memories! I knew those tapes well and the rewinding with pencils. Those were the days!

G-Man said...

It's that nostalgic time of the year isn't it?
Kick Ass One Stop!!!

Kaylen said...

What great memories - making just the right mixed tape....and then finding out that someone got mad at you and unwound it...the pain and misery of it all!

I was at someones house for a games night a couple months ago and he had STACKS of these mixed tapes - and most had labels on them with his name and a girls name. He had made copies of each cassette tape he made growing up for his girlfriends...and he KEPT THEM!! For YEARS!!!! Greatest thing ever!

Alegria Imperial said...

I love the tone, Brian! And how you so weave in the essence of the memory here: "but the dream was/if you get it right it might/win her heart and not end up in the weeds/by the end of the road..." Beautiful, tender lines! Thank you, Brian!

~ Tabitha ~ said...

:)

Love it ♫

jen revved said...

this is truly wonderful, catching one up in the music and regret, doubling back on the image of the mixing and what it's for... a wonderful and heartfelt, real poem! xxxj

Just Be Real said...

A wonderful post Brian. Timing is everything. Blessings.

ladyfi said...

Ah yes - the days of mixing tapes. Such happy memories!

Austin said...

Well played - brought it back! Though it's not even cd's anymore, it's playlists!

Austin said...

funny that both playlist and cd are asking to be corrected as I write this.

Valerie said...

Ah yes, memories, I've had a few! And the young people will have their own, they might be different to ours but they're there just the same, the hope, the planning, the love, the heartbreak... different shapes and forms but still there to be had. Yes, timing is everything.

sheila said...

Ah, every rose DOES have it's thorn! I've totally gotta pull that old CD out now, thanks Brian! :o)

And, yeah, kids today miss all the fun of doing it the old school way.

Glynn said...

Great poem, Brian. I read it as being about keeping on keeping on.

Lorraine said...

wow is there anything worse in the wolrd than taping football over your wedding, yiiikes ;)

Mom said...

What beautiful memories this brings to mind...hold on and cherish those mixed tapes that had all your love poured into them...my life is made up of a mix made by my fantastic family..God sets the timing...we need to be listening to Him so our tapes stay strong and true. Wish my words flowed as yours do, son.

Anonymous said...

once again you reminded me of my old habits, i too had a collection of tape recorded with great care; selecting every song.

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

Jill said...

Oh the memories this brings Brian! I still have a lovingly made tape. I know every word to every song by memory! Made by my hubbie in the early 80's! Think I will get it out and chuckle over it today.

Bachelor said...

I agree .. timing is everything... like missing a parked car by 2 inches is good as missing it a mile, so to speak.. hee hee :)

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, love and loss and the quest for perfect timing -- great subject!

TechnoBabe said...

Great words describing being aware of the right timing. Whether we have any control of the timing is a matter of interpretation. Again, you write in a manner that lends itself to opening our minds.

Deidra said...

Oh...I remember. I even remember 8-tracks! Lord have mercy! And I remember seeing the brown tape blowing in the wind and wondering who would have the heart to throw a mix tape out the window?

Janice said...

I loved this...sadly romantic. And, yes, timing is everything.

Jessie said...

i really enjoyed the play and rewind--compare and contrast--recording music the old-fashioned way, to the mid-generation anyway, onto cassette tapes vs the recording of shots of love in our minds. memories and time. timing is everything.

warm smiles,
jessie

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Made me feel a little sad ........

Chris G. said...

Thanks for the kind words today Brian, I might say the same to you: excellence is certainly on the menu whenever you're about!

A deep poem, ensconced in memory. Undertaken with care and precision, as it seems the mix tape process itself was...a lovely time of year for this sort of piece. Reflection as we proceed into the new year is always good.

Cheers, Brian! Thanks for all the talent you've shared with us over the past year. Simply stunning.

Myrna R. said...

Mix tapes? Before my time. Hah.

I love this one. It has a thread of sadness, yet made me smile.

Carrie Burtt said...

Timing is everything.....perfect timing post for the new year....I used to always make mixed tapes for family members....Hope you have an awesome New Year Brian! :-)

Rich Grasso said...

Dream A Little Dream, by The Beautiful South was and is my ending song on every mix I create. By the way, check out my blog www.abrokenlifeabeautifulgod.blogspot.com .

Rich Grasso

Rajlakshmi said...

//time knowing it would never
play the same again having
flown from the window// ohhh wow these are such beautiful verses
wonderful write.

emily wierenga said...

i remember mixed tapes. there was something so loving and endearing about them.

PattiKen said...

You take me back, Brian. Nice one.

How long it has been since I've found a cassette tape unwound on the side of the road...

itslovelyannie.com said...

I have two confessions:

1. I still make mix tapes

2. made a mix (cd)yesterday with "every rose has its thorn" on it

with that out in the open...I love the ways we capture moments, memory..and I really am passionate about mixes...this poem is wonderful Brian!

Heather said...

Oh what an excellent chunk of writing. I'm gonna read that again! I'm glad I found you. :) Thanks!

Magpie said...

Oh, I remember trying to get these tapes just right! Wonderful memory.
I'm so far behind, Brian, forgive me. I save yours for last because I want to read and reread them. I'll catch up...promise.

Mama Zen said...

Perfectly captured moment in time!

Goofball said...

oh yes, I made about 200 tapes and still all have them, gathering dust. I recorded, rewind, played until they got stuck, fixed them with a pencil....oh yes, I'm your generation too :).

I still got one received from a boy too. I did not throw that away at all!

joanny said...

Brian:

Impeccable timing! Historical poem. The power of "yes timing was everything" in its straightforward approach to the theme, is aided by the meter and by the rhyme scheme.
wonderful

joanny

annell said...

You are so right, in every way, timing is everything! I liked it very much. You caught something past, and something present all at the same time!

Steve Isaak said...

Exemplary, 'ah, I remember the intense process of making mix tapes' work. Damn near perfect.

liv2write2day said...

Wow, Brian. This can be read on so many layers. I can see that music is a big part of you life. And your timing is right on.

flaubert said...

Brian, it is all about the timing.
I love the layers to this. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my poem.
Pamela

Always Write said...

Love that such great memories of all the tapes on the side of the road - ha
thanks for the visit to my site

Don Carlo said...

Outstanding, Brian. This piece generates SO many memories, and thoughts, both pleasant...and not so.

But I will try again, after all--timing is everything!

Posting comment #80...it just might be read! (Timing is everything!)

Brock S. Henning said...

Big smile on my face, Brian. 8) With many other commenters who "remember," I'll just politely tip my hat at ya with a finger nod and a grin of agreement. Ah, the memories. ;)

Jerry said...

totally get the mix tapes thing...made a few for my wife years ago...now we have nothing on which to play them.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness...talk about a trip down memory lane...those songs...mixed tapes...you are right, timing is everything! Happy Thursday...hope you and your family had a good Christmas! XX

amyeverett said...

for nice love this.. the whole story..

tera said...

I was sort of chuckling, remembering making mix tapes of my own, but then wham-o! Heart break.

Wow. I agree, the younger kids have no idea...

Betcha said...

I love reading your posts ,they seem to be filled with such magick,that can feel it within ,The images are viewed with much beauty ,Keep posting ,many Lover stopping by .

personal note
No one can hurt You
Unless you allow

True Love is not simple Words ,like No one will ever love you like I did ,then they walk away ,towards another .

True Love is not Written in a Poem to be left unspoken ,never faced with Reality .

To what I’ve seen
Some Do not even know True Love
They will argue the point ,they do
No ,they are still searching within themselves .

Leaving My Heart with Words here today .
Now it shall forever be me speaking the Truth to ,your Soul .
You shall never be Loved ,Like I will always Trust and Believed .
I Loved You
Yes used word Loved .
As now I finial Know That I am Set Free of this Bind that connected each other together .

My Heart is Free and believe me ,This is so Refreshing to have this Experience ,it is like ,each Heart beat
Holds some amazing Sound as it beats within you ,that is really for first time .
Becomes “Alive”

Happy New Year
May the Life ,Open up something new ,that will bring much Beauty to your World .
Be the Magick in 2011
Be the Beauty in 2011
Be Yourself in 2011
Open your Heart ,Love You
There becomes a Beauty and Magick ,breathing amazing Love in just being Who you are .

http://soulwanderingsoul.blogspot.com/

giovannicucullo said...

This piece touches anyone who has ever embarked on Love's journey, but it really connects with those of us who actually made mix tapes and grew up with the hair bands.
I actually got goosebumps reading this, especially the images of tape ribbon flying and using a pencil to wind it back.
I once owned a tiny screwdriver just for opening cassettes so I could fix any bent or folded ribbons.

giovannicucullo said...

Also...Wishing you Love, Health and Happiness for the New Year!

Zuzana said...

Oh my goodness, this brings back memories... I have loved music since I was a teenager and I recall mixed tapes and recording from the radio.;)I still have almost all the tapes and at times I sit and listen to them on my old stereo and I am transported back in time in a flash...
Yes indeed, the new generation that grows up with youtube abd iTunes will never understand the sweet sentiment of mixed tapes...
xoxo

Syd said...

I never gave a mixed tape. Maybe it would have been a good idea. I wrote letters instead.

Marla said...

Love this. I remember those days so well only with 8 tracks. :-)