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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. :))

alexander

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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procurator0
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
mmm...armenian cheese
peacetraveler22
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:18 pm (UTC)
In the Caucasus', there is salty cheese everywhere, constantly being fed to you. :))
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kremlin_curant
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.
peacetraveler22
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!

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pin_gwin
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.
peacetraveler22
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. :))
sonasucre
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jun. 15th, 2017 02:05 pm (UTC)
Good! :)
qi_tronic
Jun. 15th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
I still have all my cassettes but do not listen to them :)
Youtube covers it all.
peacetraveler22
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. :)
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mybathroom
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!
peacetraveler22
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.
theodorexxx
Jun. 17th, 2017 10:03 am (UTC)
yeah you looked like Joplin with that hair cut
nice to see you back here
peacetraveler22
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? :)
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pasha1980
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.
peacetraveler22
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!
pasha1980
Jun. 17th, 2017 05:13 pm (UTC)
Plus it was hard to rewind.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 18th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
That's what pencils are for! :)) By the way, are you still in the USA?
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anna_sollanna
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).
peacetraveler22
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?
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e_g_o_r_i_u_s
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.
peacetraveler22
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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