Monday, September 2, 2013

The Free Box Tapes #1: Brecht/Weill

How to decide where to start among The Free Box Tapes?  I wanted to have some sort of sensible system, so I rolled 1d12 and counted in from one of the corners.  Here's what turned up!

Mysterious!  But the tape inside is labeled:

Mixed Tape of Assorted Songs in French, German, and English.

Tape Notes: This is one of those mix tapes where one side uses most of the tape, and the other half ends halfway through, which means a lot of rewinding.  In this case, Side A is the short side.  This is bringing back memories.

Sixty-Four Words:  The songs of Berthold Brecht are basically show tunes, not always my favorite genre.  They are also generally pretty didactic, which I don’t like at all.  But, they are also often very clever.  As performed here, many of them have a gritty cabaret feel, as if the cabaret was being run by Tom Waits.  And dang, “Mack the Knife” is one insanely catchy tune.

Disposition: Will not discard, but would consider passing on as gift or barter item.

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