Of course, as often happens, good things don't last. I can't exactly remember what brought about the demise of my beloved tape, but I certainly got my money's worth. I have tried many other nature recordings over the years, but nothing was quite as peaceful and relaxing as "The Sea."
So it was to my great delight that as I was going through some of my stored-away craft items I found the cassette tape box and insert for "The Sea." Enough years have passed, and the internet has exploded with tremendous power for finding things, so I decided to give it a shot.
To Google I went, which led me to Amazon, which provided me with a seller! And not just a seller, but a CD seller. O Joy! No more risk of ribbon destruction! I can get a digital copy and put it on my iPod and lull myself to sleep with my beloved ocean sounds once more.
I just found it, and just ordered it. I hope the seller doesn't delay (a used item from a third-party source, of course--"The Sea" is long-since unavailable). I'm looking forward to my ocean dreams again.