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︎Becca Kauffman and 4 Great Hits
Time capsule, to be opened 2028, 2045, 2062
2 home recorded cassette tapes
1994 and 2011

Riding on the presumption that I would one day be famous, in 1994 at the age of ten I recorded myself onto cassette tape in Cambridge, MA singing my 4 great hits: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in the style of Ethel Merman, “Santa Baby” as popularized by Madonna, the Shel Silverstein poem “How Many, How Much” set to the tune of a built-in song on my Casio keyboard, and “Heartbreak Hotel” à la Elvis Presley, adding a mocking impression of then-president George Bush’s famous line, “No more taxes” as a bonus fifth hit.

Seventeen years later, from my Brooklyn apartment, I recreated the tape exactly and resolved not to listen to this new 2011 version for another seventeen years, in 2028. Subsequent recreations will be recorded, buried, and released every 17 years, in a rolling time capsule.

1994                                                                                                        2011 (to be opened in 2028) 


1994                                                                                                                   2011