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Throwback summer: The magic of the mixtape

Let your kids experience the magic of the mixtape by making one of their own – on an actual cassette tape.

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Take a page from the 20th century – a 10-week guide on how to bring back the adventure of summer.

If you're old enough to have kids, then you're old enough to know a playlist is not a mixtape. One is a series of songs; the other is a carefully thought out selection of music that ideally has a theme and most certainly has an emotional arc.

Let your kids experience the magic of the mixtape by making one of their own – on an actual cassette tape. Sure, you'll have to dig out your boom box from the basement and find some tapes. And you might have to tamp down on some analog-based whining from your kids, at least at the start. Tell them no one ever said kicking it old school wouldn't require a little work.

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Besides, once they've got it right – and you know in your bones when it's right, remember? – they'll thank you.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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