- Side A: start with two fast paced/moderately paced songs; then alternate between one slow song followed by two fast/moderate songs until you ran into the leader tape. (I didn’t really care that songs were cut off. See standard number 3.)
- Side B: start with a slow tune, then work back to the one slow, two fast/moderately paced tunes formula.
- Never leave blank space on the tape.
- If the mix tape was supposed to be slow or depressing, invert the standards so that it’s two slow songs followed by one fast/moderately paced tune.
- List only band names on the cassette sleeve; song names could be done on the inside of the sleeve or on an insert that I would make. (I usually opted for the insert.)
I was crazy about organizing tapes into themes - I loved the challenge. I won’t quite call it a standard because I didn’t do it on every tape. But to be sure, I did it whenever I could get away from it. My love of thematically organized mix tapes sometimes overruled good taste - see image below. It is a scan from my first journal, given to me as an 8th grade graduation present (St. Marys Class of 1986) from my sister Anne. Those who knew me at the time knew my love for Husker Du’s music was deep, and that “Diane” was probably one of my least favorite songs by them. And Chuck Berry? What the fuck? But hey - doesn’t matter if it stinks, it fits the formula, right?
|Good thing I made a note to play "Delta Dawn" on 45 rpms.|