No music, no life…

I love music for as long as I can remember…My mother told me, that when I was just a toddler, I managed to get a chair up to the cupboard, so I could reach up to the radio. Music and the appliances to play music, always had my interest.

When I was a teen, I visited nearly every week a store where they sold speakers, amplifiers, cassettedecks and more. And everytime I was there, I fantasized about which speakers I wanted ( I was a big Jamo fan back then) and what other equipment.

Some 30+ years later, I have a nice set up. B&W speakers and a Denon receiver. And of course CD player, record player and cassette deck.

I am particularly happy with my Denon X2400H receiver! A real beast! 7.1 surround sound, which I did fully use. A fairly simple look, but amazing sound. And it has network capability, so I can listen to internet radio and streaming as well. Which is good, because I am a huge fan of Ferry Maat’s Soulshow Radio! With this baby, I can fully enjoy that.

My fav store, HiFi Klubben has a great tagline: Bad sound kills good music. But at the moment I canot enjoy good music 🙁

Because even good appliances sometimes break down. So for almost 3 weeks now, my receiver is in the shop for repairs. The network card does not work and appearantly it needs a hard to get part. Hopefully it will come back soon, as I bought some nice cd’s and vinyl, but haven’t been able to enjoy it.

Fortunately I am not entirely without good music 😉 Because along with this fantastic receiver, I also purchased a Heos One speaker. A Bluetooth / WiFi speaker. Not as good as my B&W speakers, of course…but quite good.

The Heos One speaker mixed with Tidal at least alows me to listen to my favourite music, which is pretty essential to me! And it shows, that although I prefer old-school physicial music media, I do appreciate the benefits of streaming music.

Bottom line is: I cannot live without music and fortunately I have more than one way to enjoy good music 🙂

What is your favourite way of enjoying music?

Going Old-school

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother told me once, that as a toddler, I once dragged a chair close to a cupboard, so I could reach to the radio.

Over the years my taste in music changed, but I always listened to music. When I was a teenager, I recorded music from the radio on to cassette. When I turned 16, I bought records and later cd’s. When I got older, I went back to records.

A while ago, I found a Denon cassette deck in a thrift store. I was quite cheap and looked in perfect condition, so I took the change and bought it. And it looks great with my (almost) matching CD player!

Fortunately I still had some old tapes, so I could play them again. Back in my 20’s I used to make mixtapes, with covers I made on a friend’s computer. So when I had my own cassette deck again, I figured it make sense to do another mixtape!

Remember this? Using scotch tape to be able to record on the cassette again? I took an old Sony UX tape, which is at least 22 years old and used it for my own mixtape.

Since I am heavily back into the music I listened to in my 20, New Jack Swing, I figured I’d make a cool mixtape of that. So here’s my tracklisting:

Side A
Ralph Treshvant – Rated R
Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Janet Jackson – State of the World
Karyn White – Romantic
Silk – Happy Days
Shanice – Stop Cheatin’ On Me
Michael Jackson – In the Closet
Guy – Don’t Clap…Just Dance
SWV – Right Here (Human Nature mix)

Side B
Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk
Bell, Biv, Devoe – Poison
Jade – Don’t Walk Away
Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
Jodeci – Come & Talk To Me
Johnny Gill – Rub You The Right Way
TLC – Hat 2 Da Back
Keith Sweat – Love to Love You
Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love
Karyn White – Secret Rendezvous

WHat do you think of it? I enjoyed making it and I have more tapes, so I probably will do another one soon. Most likely a hip-hop mixtape. What artist/song should I definitely include on that one? Let me know!

Not again!

Sooo…after almost 3 years I revamped my Mallrats website and put in a brand new blog post.

Why…why would I do that?

That is a good question, especially since, let’s be honest about that, I suck at blogging.

Then again, my life plays out mainly on social media. On platforms of other companies. So I am at their mercy. This is MY platform. Wel…I rent this platform. But that makes me the guy who decides what happens here. And that is a nice feeling.

My buddy, Michael Minneboo, always encourages to put your content on a place you have control over it. So I am finally listening to him 😉 Then again, at this point in my life, I like to have a place where I can share the stuff I like. And hopefully at least some people will like it.

So, hopefully this will not be the only post on this page…Snootchie Bootchies!

Oh, and in case you are wondering about the name and the tag line…I am a HUGE fan of Kevin Smith and Mallrats is one of my fav movies, that he made.