Friday, May 17, 2024

Memories of boomboxes

Sounds from the past
London, ON
May 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram

Not so long ago, music was analog, tangible, visceral.

We painstakingly made mixtapes for our favourite people and played them on machines much like this.

We bought endless supplies of non-rechargeable batteries to keep the party going no matter where we ended up.

We lugged these things to school, to the beach, to grandma’s house, to anywhere and everywhere that needed a soundtrack.

We held them defiantly over our heads, hoping some of John Cusack’s Say Anything magic would wear off on us.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t.

In the cold light of hindsight, these things were gaudy, bulky, and they sounded like every adult in a Peanuts Gang movie.

But no Spotify playlist ever prompted the same warm fuzzy of nostalgia that washed over me when I came across this artfully stacked pile in the shadowy corner of a local restaurant.

So I lingered over the scene for a bit and tried to remember what music felt like before technology rewrote the rules.

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