Enjoyin' The Music?
Sometimes the world puzzles
me. While most cultures feels music, art and the human body are beautiful, others seem
to want it hidden. The Taliban, for instance, does not allow for music
enjoyment; let alone women to show any
part of their flesh (or have medical treatment and other basic human rights). On
a different level we have places such as Russia where music has been long
celebrated while on TV a female newscaster
slowly undresses until she is totally nude by the end of the news broadcast! Some TV
stations late at night in Milan Italy are much like the Playboy channel here in
America! So what
does this have to do with music reproduction? Absolutely nothing...
Or Absolutely Everything
Since before human-kind became "civilized", male
artists have expressed their love for women in many ways. We have statues,
poetry, and of course music. The Beatles, for instance, have so many songs about
love that you might presume it was "all you need". Marketing gurus
proclaim that "sex
sells", yet many of us must admit it is an integral part of humanity.
Fortunately we here at Enjoy the Music.com™ have
an educated, professional, and worldly audience. Sure there may be a minority of
people who may dislike the picture that appears at the top of this article
because of their beliefs, though it should also get these same people to do some
self searching as to why their beliefs have arrived to the way they are today.
The same can be said for arguments concerning tubes versus solid-state... or analog
versus digital. Many audiophiles seem to feel that analog sounds
more natural than digital. Could this be due to such long-term conditioning and their
belief system against digital that new formats such as DVD-Audio and SACD stand no chance in
their mind? Have these digiphobe's belief against the small silver digital disc
closed their heart and minds concerning new "high resolution" digital formats?
Only through some honest and hard soul searching might these
digiphobes take an honest look at themselves and their beliefs.
No one is here to say that analog is 100% right or 100% wrong.
There is plenty of room for both formats. The same can be said concerning the
beauty of the human body. When employed artistically, it conveys a
message. Art, like music, can be a personal experience. Some prefer men
sexually, others women. Still, others choose to reframe from contact either way. To demand
someone else to follow your belief system is fairly narrow-minded. While we all surely
agree and defend human rights, where do we go from there?
What if i were to demand
everyone buy a DVD-Audio or SACD player... or vinyl record player just because i
feel this is what every audiophile should do? Would you follow like the
proverbial sheep to slaughter? Of course not! And just because
someone feels an audio component is great does not mean you must buy it... even
if it falls into some very narrow and limited Class/Recommended rating system.
An open-minded audiophile usually chooses to carefully audition and experiment
accordingly. One man's strong belief for might be another man's belief against. Neither is
right or wrong.
So why am i bringing this subject to the forefront? Because we
each have our own opinions and personal experience, yet should also allow others
to share their beliefs as well. Neither should limit the other's expressions accordingly.
While Rec.Audio.Opinion may be what some consider the above gone horribly awry, eventually human kind seems to find a way of balance.
Alas, balance may take months, years... or decades. At some point we all agree
that one man's heaven may be another's hell. Fair enough.
There's A New Kid In Town... or
It seems each and every month we announce a new, professional
reviewer joining our staff. Last month it was Srajan Ebaen and this month it is
none other than Wayne Donnelly and A. Colin Flood. Wayne's audiophile gigs included The Absolute
Sound, FI, Ultimate Audio
and Listener. Please feel free to
read his entire Bio by clicking
here. His first review to appear within the Enjoy the Music.com™
is the highly prized Albert
Von Schweilket DB-100 highly efficient loudspeaker. Those who attended
the VSAC 2001 show only weeks ago have reported many good things concerning
these loudspeakers. Was it luck of the room and setup... or something more?
Wayne tells all in his review.
Another new writer is A. Colin Flood. Colin is the type of guy
who is always on the lookout for that biggest "bang" for the audio dollar. As an aquarium hobbyist, Colin
is also the Contributing Editor to the leading US aquarium magazine Freshwater And Marine
Aquarium. We look forward to his writings within our magazine. Of course in the end what really matters is that you...
Enjoy the Music ("A Taste Of Honey" by The Beatles),
"A taste of honey... tasting much sweeter than wine.
I dream of your first kiss, and then,
I feel upon my lips again,
A taste of honey... tasting much sweeter than wine.
I will return, yes I will return,
I'll come back for the honey and you.
Yours was the kiss that awoke my heart,
There lingers still, 'though we're far apart,
That taste of honey... tasting much sweeter than wine.
I will return, yes I will return,
I'll come back (he'll come back) for the honey (for the honey) and you."