Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt asked for a poem that features forgotten technology. I immediately thought of the cassette tapes of my youth. I still have some kicking around, with absolutely nothing to play them on.
Plan ahead. Write out the songs, then make your shortlist.
Abandon any that are too similar. Too off vibe. Think about
the mood you want, from start to finish. Each melody its own
chord in the brand-new track that is this mixtape. Start loud,
heavy, something to get the blood flowing and the ears perked.
Massage in the slow jams for aural relief, but don’t put ‘em to sleep.
Find a story and tell it. Think of your audience, always. Let ‘em feel
what you feel when you press play, when you hit the high notes,
when you belt out the chorus with your eyes closed. Dedicate it —
this passion project made of plastic and magnetic tape. Grab a good pen
and write out the track list. The start times too, if you’re really in love.
Draw a heart on the paper insert. Put their name inside. Use your best stickers.