When I moved in with Sweetie a 16 months ago I came to the realization that I could not hold onto all of my cassette tapes any longer. They took up over 2 U-Haul boxes, and in my previous apartments I had a special chest of drawers to house them, which I no longer had the space for. I started to go through one of the boxes and actually threw out some of the tapes, holding onto a select few that I couldn't dare part with.
I can't recall what tapes I tossed, but I believe they were either mix tapes that I had created myself (and thus had all the songs for elsewhere), stuff I had on CD now, either by benefit of purchasing it myself or moving in with Sweetie, or stuff I didn't really give a crap about.
The tapes that I held onto out of that first batch went into a drawer in my nightstand, which has since been overtaken by knitting, so those are the tapes I am beginning with, if only to get them out of the way.
Camper van Beethoven II & III happened to be on top of the stack, so it's the first tape in the project.
I had heard of, and heard, Camper van whilst in high school, but I was formally introduced to them and became a fan my freshman year of college. A couple of different friends were big fans, and once I really got exposed to their work I became a big fan as well. I bought this tape because it has my two favorite songs on it - Sad Lovers Waltz and (Don't You Go To) Goleta.
As I'm playing the tape I can still sing along to both songs word-for-word, and can hum along to most of the other songs. Lot's of instrumentals on this tape, good stuff. And nice, peppy car-trippin' music.
What a happy way to start the project!