A musing

There is now a cohort in high school that don’t know the relationship between a cassette tape and a pencil. And because of that a word has probably disappeared. Twiddle.

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9 Responses to A musing

  1. Kelly says:

    I’ve never used that word in that context, but I’ll agree that much has been lost with each passing technology. Fortunately my little finger usually sufficed in the absence of a pencil.

    • Vincent says:

      Ahh yes, but the day you saw the Biro or a pencil was the same size was a day of revelation. The days of rewinding yards of tape with your pinky was gone forever.

      • Kelly says:

        Indeed. Nothing like that sinking feeling of having the player eat your tape, then hoping all would spool back on undamaged.

  2. Sage says:

    I also never associated twiddle with rewinding runaway tapes… But yes, they have no idea!

    • Vincent says:

      Do you not remember the dash to the player when you heard that horrible sound. And then putting the tape up some place until you had the patience to begin the untangling. We all knew someone with a Monday Morning machine that you grudgingly handed over a cassette for you knew midway through a song your ears would prick as it passed over the chewed bit.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Yah I’ve never used the word for that action either, but do twiddle my thumbs when I’m bored. 🙂
    It is pretty amazing how we even used records not too long ago, and those cassette tapes were SOOOOO innovative. Now they are relics. I remember buying tapes at the music store and then fast forwarding, playing, rewinding, and playing over and over again to listen to that certain song. My first car had a cassette player that would fast forward just to the next song and I thought that was the pinnacle of technology. All that play would inevitably lead to the tape wrapping itself around the player. Most of the time it wound back inside alright, but it was so frustrating when it got a twist in it and it all had to be pulled back out again to find it. Once wound up, fingers crossed after pressing “play” hoping it didn’t unwind again. It was a lot of work to play music in the 80s!!!

    • Vincent says:

      Yes, that’s what I mean. I was never a CD person. In face the first walkman I had was in 2001 more or less as the Ipod arrive and had it for a year or so. I was never really all that fond of the earphones. But I now have all my music (not so much ) on the PC tablet and phone. And what was a small shelf hardly bothers the memory.
      Do you remember the sharp intake of breath to draw the tape out of the head.

      • Kimberly says:

        I’ve liked the convenience of the having the music in mp3 format. It’s easier to just download what you want. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a cd or cassette for a song I liked only to find out the rest of the album was terrible. The storage is also so much more convenient. Most of the music industry hates the digital age as they say the sound is compromised when the files are compressed. To my untrained ear though, I think it sounds fine. I always kept a blank cassette tape in the player I had so if the radio would play a song I liked I could press record. Nothing could possibly sound as bad as radio recordings.
        Once the tape unwound, you were lucky if it ever worked well again. Even if it did play over the crumpled piece, it never sounded the same.

        • Vincent says:

          You’d not believe the lack of sympathy I have for the Music industry, and the publishing industry for that matter. You’d not believe the methods they used to screw over the artists. Then stick them with massive tax bills.

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