Thursday, November 15, 2007

Having a party.

Here's the invitation for my annual pre-Christmas party with a currently topical theme:

G E Light Invites You and Your Significant Other To The 1st

Christmas Could Be a Mix Tape party

When: Saturday: December 15th, 7:00 pm until
Where: 119 Edgewood Drive
What: Food Fun, Festivity, And a Contest (details within)

Please RSVP by December 5th
324-1816 or

Mix Tape: "A mixtape is a compilation of songs and or tracks (typically copyrighted music taken from other sources) recorded in a specific order, traditionally onto a compact audio cassette.…

A mixtape, which usually reflects the musical tastes of its compiler, can range from a casually selected list of favorite songs, to a conceptual mix of songs linked by a theme or mood, to a highly personal statement tailored to the tape's intended recipient. Essayist Geoffrey O'Brien has called the personal mixtape "the most widely practiced American art form".…

Homemade mixtapes became common in the 1980s.… The growth of the mixtape was also encouraged by improved quality and increased popularity of audio cassette players in car entertainment systems, and by the introduction of the Sony Walkman around 1979."


Here's the contest specs:

The Christmas is Like A Mix Tape Christmas Party Contest

What is Love? Great minds have been grappling with this question through the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to the Western Philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan Frank Sinatra would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. The stoner kids who spent the summer of 1978 looking cool on the hoods of their Trans Ams in the Pierce Elementary School parking lot used to scare us little kids by blasting the Sweet hit "Love Is Like Oxygen"—you get too much, you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times all agree: They want to know what love is, and they want you to show them.

But the answer is simple, love is a mix tape.

Rob Sheffield, love is a mix tape: Life and Loss, On Song at a Time

Speaking of the mix tape, what’s on Sonic Youth’s road tape?

Flipper. Flipper still rules. Montrose. Sparks—like, pre-Georgio Moroder Sparks. But some of that’s on there. Bar-Kays. You know, that kind of stuff. The new CD-Rs from (former Hardkiss vanity label) Sunburn, we’ve been listening to those a lot, they’re really good.

Thurston Moore, author of Mix Tape: the art of cassette culture, in Magnet magazine

What To Expect From A Homemade Cassette
It could be something that will pop in and totally blow you away. You could be so lucky. Lots of possibilities: garage sessions of your kid sister's band, or someone in a fancy home lab mixing incredible feats of science, or a pioneer of popular music, soothing meditation, or difficult industrial noise. There are tickets to many sonic environments.

Robin James, "Introduction," Cassette Mythos

presents it's first ever mix tape competition. I blogged about mix tapes for a week starting with the entry Press the eject and give me the tape on November 11th . Now it's your turn to show your stuff. Hand deliver or mail your most favorite best mix tape to G E Light, 119 Edgewood Drive, Starkville, MS 39759. An internationally acclaimed panel of expert judges will pick three prize-winning tapes. Prizes to be presented at the Christmas Could Be A Mix Tape Party December 15th. Entrants need not be present to win, although the pleasure of your company would be greatly enjoyed.

The Rules
Limit: One Tape per Entrant.
Acceptable Formats: C-60, C-90, C-100. No Cd-Rs please!
Deadlines: Mail (postmarked by December 1st) Hand delivered (December 5th)
Additional Info: Please pen a short paragraph or two talking about why you like your mix tape, when or why or for whom it was originally made, or anything else that you think might interest the ex officio Chair of the judging panel.

Internationally Acclaimed Judging Panel

Dr. George Evans Light, PhD Chair (ex officio)

DJ, URY (The UK's oldest legally independent radio station)
DJ, Chief Announcer, and General Manager, KZSU Stanford

Carl Collier, MA
English Instructor
NorthWest Arkansas Community College

DJ, Assistant Station Manager, News Director, WMSV

Dr. Benjamin Hill Detenber, PhD
Head of Division, Division of Communication Research
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

DJ, Presenter/Producer of Wednesday Night Live, KZSU Stanford

Michael DiMartino
Really Big Silicon Valley Technology Corporation

DJ, KZSU Stanford

David Neil McCarty, Esq
Nutt & McAlister, PLLC, member Scruggs Katrina Group venture


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