- A collection of Disney songs
- A disco band
- Vietnamese love songs
- The Reader's Digest "Classic Memories" collection
Maybe it's just the collection I had, but most of the older songs had instrumental verses, where the entire band played. They would put these in, right where the third or fourth verse would go. I thought that was very interesting, because modern music almost never does this. The instrumental part of a song nowdays is usually at the very beginning or very end, not right in the middle. In fact, right off the top of my head, I can't think of a popular song where the vocalist completely disappears for a minute or so.
The instrument selection is also different in the older songs. They tend to focus on trumpets and other brass instruments. Wind instruments must have been popular back then. By contrast, I'm pretty sure modern music almost never focuses on wind instruments. Instead, the main instrument is usually the drum or the bass. Those are good for keeping beats, but I find them less exciting.
I lost the tape-playing care in late 2010, and I only just now got around to copying the songs from the tapes onto mp3 files. It wasn't that difficult; I just played them on an old tape player and put my iPod in front of the speakers to record the songs.
I have no idea how I'm going to sort the old songs. All I know are the titles. I don't know who any of the bands are, and many of these songs were covered by different bands, so I can't look it up, either. I'm not even sure if I should sort them alphabetically or not, because that'd be mixing up the three or so tapes in the original collection.