One of the major tasks in our great moving project is getting as much as possible out of this house; one of yesterday's bits was the cassettes. Which forced me to confront the question: which of these cassettes do I really, truly care about? We separated out the 20% of the cassettes that we would really mourn if something happened to them, and which I therefore really don't want to put into storage. They seem to fall into two distinct categories: music recordings that for some reason I can't obtain on CD, and period dance recordings.
Well, that being done, it occurs to me that these are exactly the cassettes that I really ought to be moving onto a more stable medium, so I'm starting to digitize them. First up: Leftovers by Clam Chowder. This is one of their earliest albums, and is a bit rougher around the edges than some, but it has a couple of their signature pieces, including "Rolling Down to Old Maui" and "Leave Her, Johnny".
Second: the tape simply marked Don Levy. I assume that there exist a few other copies of this, but I'm honestly not certain. Don is Donal Artur of the Silver Band, my sometime college roommate and fellow Fenmerian. For our first 5-10 years, he was one of the Barony's principal bards at post-revels -- his guitar was ubiquitous, and a number of us had memorized his major songs. This tape, made towards the tail end of his singing "career", contains pretty much his entire ouvre, including the original version of "Two Candles". (A little later in the project, I have The Greatest Hits of Li Kung Lo, which contains the duet version that Don and Li Kung used to do.)
Lots more yet to do: about a dozen tapes of dance music, several more Clams tapes, and obscure tapes like Crwydryn and Quartz. (Time to get "Music, Sex and Cookies" back into the lexicon again...)