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Do you remember when?


In an old Soviet building in Yerevan, I met the owner of these tapes. Immediately I was transported back to youth, when I owned hundreds and hundreds of these cassettes. And here was a very kind, thoughtful and interesting man on the other side of the world collecting American rock n' roll for many, many decades. He still listens to these cassettes, not up to date with modern technologies or illegal downloads.

Music - it is always a common connector for those drawn to its rhythms, pulses and ability to transport to other dimensions. About my passion for this form of expression, I once dedicated a post which you can read here. Maybe you recognize some of the bands, or even owned the same cassettes back in the day? :)

Despite language barriers, Alexander wanted to discuss American music, everything from rock to jazz. He was confused about the lyrics of an English language song, and requested an explanation as to meaning. The particular song and lyrics are forgotten by me at this point, but it could be any song or line. The most amusing part about our time together is that he continually told me I looked like Janis Joplin. Probably it's the hair, or maybe just overall energy vibe. I don't know really, but a man is entitled to his impressions. :))


I will tell you more about Alexander and his mom in a separate post. In the meantime, maybe these tapes will draw out some positive and pleasant nostalgia for some of you. :)


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Jun. 15th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
mmm...armenian cheese
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:18 pm (UTC)
In the Caucasus', there is salty cheese everywhere, constantly being fed to you. :))
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:39 pm (UTC)
u guys should have placed your v-signs behind each other's heads, you know, for comical effect
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe next time. :) I'm sure we will meet again next time I'm in Yerevan.
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
eh, the damn place is so puny everyone is bound to meet everyone first thing u set foot there
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
It does seem at times that everyone in Georgia and Armenia somehow know each other. :)) However, I am not going into just any man's home...too scary. :) He is a lifelong friend of the Georgian woman I traveled with.
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
was she leerworthy by local standards? where is her pic?

Edited at 2017-06-15 12:59 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
I will not post pics of her here, for everyone to sit and evaluate, criticize or dissect appearance. She is a lovely, bright and intelligent woman. One of the smartest I've ever met, actually. We are kindred spirits of sorts...
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:05 pm (UTC)
somebody is jealous...somebody wants to get all the dissecting for herseelf...
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love been criticized by random men on the Internet. Highlight of my life. :)
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:09 pm (UTC)
i never saw anything like that in yr direction. do guys do that to you?
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:11 pm (UTC)
When I first started writing here, they did it all the time. I am fat, ugly, not feminine, dress sloppy, don't wear make-up, a radical feminist, old maid, no man would want me...the list of insults from the male sofa army are endless. :))
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm (UTC)
Well they are obviously nincompoops. I am a man and i want you. So there. Case closed. You are beautiful.
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:25 pm (UTC)
Have no idea who they are, or whether they are nincompoops...don't care. :) I don't know how you can want a woman you have never even met, but men are strange in this way. Everything I write here could be a facade, after all. :)
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
And what a pretty facade that is. Also honey, about that next time. Not that anybody minds but it looks like you are grabbing him by the butt, while his hand is in his pocket. Again not that there is anything wrong with it...))
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment! :)
Jun. 15th, 2017 02:15 pm (UTC)
You thank me when i make u rich hon.
Jun. 15th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
You have a business proposal in the works for me? :)) Being "rich" is not a life goal of mine, unless you are speaking about being "rich" in experiences, and not a monetary sense.
Jun. 15th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
I will PM you tomorrow, subby. Being rich is nobody's life goal per se, but everybody's life goal is less drudgery and more life, which is possible only with money. In the meanwhile, you know what Voltaire said....to paraphrase:" the experiences make you feel younger, while making your heart older."
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
Nazareth, Creedence, Slade - were my favorite bands also. And Vlad Visotsky. The best of my youth's friend also named Alex did even call his dog Slade.
But the most favorite bands and singers were Hurra Hip, Deep Purple, Elton Jones, Pink Floyd and of course Beatles and Rolling Stones.
BTW did you ever hear my favorite song "Good bye" by Slade (I believe so)?
Still dreaming to bring it to my ITunes album, but fail fo find it.
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Vlad Visotsky, or even Slade. :) Is the song called Goodbye Jane? I see it on YouTube...very nice, classic rock. :)) Credence Clearwater Revival is my favorite band from this era. Love their lyrics and tunes!

Edited at 2017-06-15 12:48 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
//I've never heard of Vlad Visotsky, or even Slade. :) Is the song called Goodbye Jane?//

Cassette with Visotsky's songs is on the image.
Goodbye Jane is actually performed by Slade, but I was talking about different song. Probably the name of it is also different.

Jun. 15th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
visoskind is for bidlo
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:42 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)
It's becoming hard to find a cassette player, they are mechanical, and failing over time....
I would say you are looking way better than Joplin, she was full of energy but ugly...
On lyrics -- sometimes I would better do not understand the meaning of them, in many cases it just kills the musical impression by vulgarity of it and often feels just primitive or too culturally localized that it could not be understood anywhere but in a country of the origin.
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...but thanks for the compliment. :) Lyrics and song meanings are always open to interpretation. They can mean different things to different people, and for me lyrics are very important. Some people do not care about the words of a song, drawn more to the instrumental components, but I do. Music is another way to gain insight into culture, learn slang, etc. - not that this is always a good thing. :))
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2017 02:05 pm (UTC)
Good! :)
Jun. 15th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
I still have all my cassettes but do not listen to them :)
Youtube covers it all.
Jun. 15th, 2017 05:28 pm (UTC)
Mine are also long gone...have no idea where they ended up. I listen to music mostly through my iPod and sometimes YouTube if I want to watch the video. :)
Jun. 15th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
No, mine are still there, in my parents' apartment along with Sharp GF-800 and Panasonic to play them ...
The Panasonic was built I think before 1980 :))

I even have something even older - tapes that my father listened to when he was young.
And Grundig TK 8 to play them :))

I think I have enough old iron to open a small technical museum...

Jun. 15th, 2017 05:58 pm (UTC)
Cool. :) I only have boxes and boxes of CDs, thousands of them. I have no devices to play old cassette tapes on, or other antiquated technological devices. I can barely operate my modern laptop. :))
Jun. 15th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
When we were moving to Vladimir I just didn't able to throw my old tapes, although don't have a tape player!
Jun. 15th, 2017 08:08 pm (UTC)
I feel the same about books! I just have so many that I cannot get rid of, and there is nowhere to put them in my current room. So, they stay in boxes.
Jun. 17th, 2017 10:03 am (UTC)
yeah you looked like Joplin with that hair cut
nice to see you back here
Jun. 18th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks! I'm happy to be back. :) This is not a "haircut" - I've had the same wild, untamed curly hair my whole life. In this photo, it is actually "blown-out" and straightened much more than normal. How is life in Russia? :)
Jun. 18th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
Endless suffering under Putin's pressure. I want freedom of speech and big mac
*state dept mode turned off*
It's okay, thank you. How are you? You are still a lawyer , aren't you?
Jun. 18th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'm well, thanks. Yep, still a lawyer...still looking to leave the profession and so something else. :)
Jun. 17th, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
I remember... It was a nuisance to buy those tapes because I liked just a few songs. The rest of them not so much.
Jun. 18th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
It was especially annoying how you had to forward/rewind to get to the songs you actually liked. And this was a guessing game of sorts, as to when to stop. :)) We are very spoiled now!
Jun. 17th, 2017 05:13 pm (UTC)
Plus it was hard to rewind.
Jun. 18th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
That's what pencils are for! :)) By the way, are you still in the USA?
Jun. 18th, 2017 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, still in the USA.
Jun. 20th, 2017 03:54 pm (UTC)
> He was confused about the lyrics of an English language song, and requested an explanation as to meaning.
The more I know English the more I understand from lyrics of my music collection. And, frankly speaking, sometimes I become disappointed having learned what this or that song is in fact about )))
> In the meantime, maybe these tapes will draw out some positive and pleasant nostalgia for some of you. :)
Used to have a big collection back in Russia (and took nothing of it to Poland - because I was able to find almost all of the songs in MP3 format).
Jun. 20th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
So what did you do with the tapes when you left for Poland? Threw them in the trash, or gave them to someone else?
Jun. 21st, 2017 08:23 pm (UTC)
"The more I know English the more I understand from lyrics of my music collection. And, frankly speaking, sometimes I become disappointed having learned what this or that song is in fact about"
- exactly!! Say, one of my favourite performers is Paul McCartney and often when I prick up my ears to listen to the lyrics he sings I wish then I could unhear it)) They just spoil or flatten the feelings and images evoked by the very expressive music.
Jun. 21st, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
Also have some dozens of cassettes with rock, classics, and jazz, and cannot through them away. Almost each of them evokes memories about people whom I listened to it with, about places, about excitement and thoughts I experienced when I first listened to them, or circumstances of getting the record. It was actually not so easy in a small town where I lived. Each "new" Beatles or Queen album was an event. Then, I studied jazz piano and we exchanged our beloved records with my classmates and often listened to them together. How can I throw them away?! They are so inspired. The collection of cassetes is like a photoalbum - you just look at covers and carefully made handwritten comments, and they evoke feelings.
Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
What a poetic comment! :) And I totally agree with every word! There was something much more personal about communication and sharing of events and experiences back then...
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