Many years ago, probably around 1995, a small site started online. Not many people online back then really, but there was some guy with his 'Senseless Ramblings' page. Think of it like blogging, but about four years earlier. Many of my previous "In This Issue" was more akin to my old blogging… or Senseless Rambling if you will. As such, it made sense to write two separate articles from now on. One about the magazine titled "In This Issue", which will follows the industry standard line-item about what's in the issue plus some other relevant stuff about the industry, music or whatever. Then we have "From The Editor's Desk" that will be a rebirth of my early Senseless Ramblings. Please don't read the early stuff, I was much younger then, a surfer, sk8boarder and... Probably called a delinquent by some within this industry at the time.
So where to begin? Well, I have to be fair to you, and most importantly myself. And with that said, I have not been an audiophile for about the past three years. Now before you throw something at your computer in revolt please hear me out. And don't look surprised either as I have not reviewed ultra-high-end gear in years. So you want to know the reason why? Ok, here it goes pure and simple.
I love music. No, let me say that again, I love
music. Maybe I'm sick, or twisted, or there is something missing within my
bodily chromosome makeup? Whatever the case may be, am sure the jig was up years
ago when as the Editor I could review $100k speakers and $50k amps for the
asking yet never did. The whole circus that revolves around reviewing those
pieces is fun! Ah yes, the glitz and glamour and bragging rights. Uh huh, ok.
Without a doubt us Editors can play with some very serious kit. So why'd I stop?
Was the proverbial merry-go-round spinning too fast? Dare I mention that
literally just hours ago as of this writing (April 29th) the owner of
a very prestigious high-end audio company offered me to review anything from
their complete line of products with prices reaching into something like, for a
pair of 50w monoblocks mind you, at around $250,000... or is it $350,000 as I
forget. Frankly, at this level if
you actually have to ask the price... Look, you don't walk into, for example, a
Bentley dealer and ask how much the extra wood panels in the rear to match the
front doors cost. You just tic off the specification box and move on to the next
option without a care or thought other than what other nice things can they
offer me today?
So Where Was I Again?
Example, during my first drive in the new GTC it was the first truly warm day here in New England, with the sun blazing, and thus chose to hear Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World". What a great song to drive to in the Spring! Or there was the most memorable time on Valentine's Day playing "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton and slow dancing with my wife on the last night of our honeymoon. Before every SCCA Formula 2000 race i'd listen to DMX "What's My Name" (explicit version) to get my juices flowing and focused. For me, it is that without the music during the drive, honeymoon dancing, before a race, etc said life experience would have been diminished to a certain extent. Does that make me an audiophile… or a music co-dependent; and what 12-step program would one join for that?
Lead Guitarist To Young Journalist: And some of the people that you meet on the
road are really amazing people. Like you. But some of the stuff that happens,
it's good for a few people to know about, as opposed to, say, a million people.
(Oops, wrong quote! I mean the quotes below).
Hopeful New Band Manager: Right now, you owe the record
company more than you've got. But your record is selling. There's money to be
made. So I brought a plane in. We could add more shows to make up the
Band Member: Respectfully. We travel by bus. Doris is the soul
of this band. That bus has been our home since we were the Jeff Bebe band. No
Hopeful New Band Manager: Hey, man, I'd travel on a pogo stick
if I thought we could make more money. You could play more dates with a plane.
Band Member: Well, it's not about money. It's about playing
music and turning people on.
Lead Singer: I work as hard, or harder, than anybody on that
stage. You know what I do? I connect. I get people off! I look for the one guy
who isn't getting off and I make him get off.
Magazine Editor To Young Journalist: Your Editor at Rolling
Stone magazine is gonna ask you how the story's going and this is
what you do. Tell him, you know, it's a... it's a think-piece. A think-piece
about a mid-level band struggling with their own limitations in the, you know,
harsh face of stardom.... Yeah, he'll wet himself.
Band Aid: I always tell the girls, never take it (too)
seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get
hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you just go to the record
store and visit your friends.
SPOILER ALERT! At the very end of the movie the lead guitarist finally gives the young journalist the interview he has so desperately waited many months for. And so...
Young Journalist: What do you love about music?
Lead Guitarist: To begin with… everything.
As always, in the end what really
matters is that you...