Mix Tape — Only Kindness Matters

The soundtrack for a late night of spreading joy and kindness. Add a comforting drink, the presence of someone you love and mix slowly…

Screenshot from my mixed tape referenced in this article on 8tracks.com. The photo is one I took of my daughters at a lavender farm in Oregon.
What’s a mix tape, you say?

Historically, it’s a cassette tape on which someone has lovingly recorded a set of songs for someone. Nowadays we call it a playlist.

In my early 20’s I would spend hours creating a 90 minute tape for a friend, quite often a woman for whom I had romantic interest. Sometimes these included hand-written liner notes.

Nutty, I know.

Imagine my delight a few years ago when I found a website, 8 Tracks, that allows people to upload songs, thus creating a “mix tape.” It enabled me to scratch my mix tape itch.

Here’s a link to the first one I created, way back in 2011, appropriately called “Only Kindness Matters” in honor of a line in one of the songs on it. It’s still available if you want to listen to it.

This is how I describe the mix on the 8 Tracks site:

The soundtrack for a late night of spreading joy and kindness. Add a comforting drink, the presence of someone you love and mix slowly…

(Note, if you link to the 8 Tracks site you will be subject to their advertisements.)

Kind Action : Make someone a playlist
Book Recommendation : Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Movie Recommendation : High Fidelity (starring Jon Cusack)

(I work to promote ordinary acts of kindness at kindliving.net. Note, this article includes affiliate links. It’s also part of my Medium Series called “One Minute Reads,” short, unlocked articles that include a kind action recommendation.)