Ken Forsythe, Director Of Market Development At MQA
A proud moment during CES with Allen Boothroyd (Meridian co-founder) and Bob Stuart (Meridian co-founder and MQA founder).
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to give us a look into their life filled with music and delight. Now working to promote MQA, Ken is helping with this breakthrough audio technology that enables music fans to stream the original master recording into their home, car or on their mobile. Working together with the music industry and global hi-fi brands, MQA audio powers the world's best-sounding music services, videos and consumer devices.
Music evokes emotions. It can make us happy, sad, frustrated, or optimistic, and can even galvanize action and movements for change. It can help start difficult conversations, or be the ultimate expression of joy. I have never met anyone that said they hate music! Music has helped shape my personality and my world view as a human. Music's influence is so personal it is reflected in my values as an individual.
The Soundtrack Of My Formative
Dad's store, Forysthe's Communications, in Nassau, Bahamas. (1980-1989)
My parents made us aware that music was not just an art from, but something that was there for pleasure. I can remember a steady "stream" of Sinatra, Ella, Elvis, Mozart, Dave Brubeck, Marty Robbins, Ray Charles, and Harry Belafonte. As my older brother developed his own tase in music, our "house sound" grew to include The Beatles, The Stones, Eagles, Blondie, and Hall & Oates. As I got older, they didn't shun my musical taste either, even in the 1980s! Our family's musical horizons grew to include Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Tears for Fears, and Fleetwood Mac. There was an inclusivity in everyone's music, even if it wasn't your genre. This was as valuable "life lesson" learned that I use every day.
Milestone Music Events
These times helped me understand that music could have a very intimate meaning, while also being something to be shared.
Tagging along with a friend and his older brother I attended my first concert at the age of 12.
In an open park, an impromptu performance by Bob Marley helped me to understand that music could be more than something for pleasure, but something to raise awareness, and help drive change. We ended up spending the day listening to amazing music that spoke about equality, tolerance and social justice. For me this was a mind-opening experience and another life lesson.
Then came Live Aid. Another mind blower! I took two days off and had a huge house party. Some of my favorite artists, Paul McCartney, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, George Michael, and Phil Collins on two continents on the same day! Amazing performances and millions of dollars raised for a great cause. In my mind, this solidified the power of music beyond entertainment.
The HiFi Buys' team supporting the Braves during the 1985 World Series. (1990-1996)
Expanding Musical Horizons
I remember having a spirited "debate" with my wife when wanting to take our four-year-old son to see Dave Brubeck at Emory University in 2002. As you can imagine seating was very limited, and expensive. My view was that if he could have any memory of seeing Brubeck live it was certainly worth the high price of the ticket. In the end, he attended the concert with us. He called it "Snoopy Jazz" because to him it sounded like the Peanuts theme music. Interestingly, Dave Brubeck was initially approached to compose this theme tune, but had to turn the offer down (it was actually written by American jazz pianist and Brubeck contemporary Vince Guaraldi). Today at 21 years of age, my son still smiles when he hears Brubeck and remembers hearing "Snoopy Jazz" live!
My wife and I adopted the same "house sound" with my son growing up. I have been exposed to some great, and not so great, R&B, Rap, and Pop. This I am sure is no different to how my parents thought of some of my music when I was growing up. The truth is that I would have never discovered most of this new music without first hearing it played by my son. His musical tastes have also started some very healthy conversations and debates. While he definitely has his own, and distinct musical taste, he still listens to, and enjoys, Brubeck, Marley, Sinatra, and Ella. We, as a family, are all better for our shared musical tastes.
A fantastic night at the exclusive MAYORS watch event during the 2020 Florida Audio Expo.
Combining Music And A Career