Opening Salvo

All Together Separately

Cover: violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901 – 1987). Many consider him to be the greatest violinist ever. He was one of the most influential performing artists of all time and in his later years became a teacher and an advocate of causes he believed in, including clean air and the establishment of 911 as an emergency phone number.

 

Stay safe. Be careful out there. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands frequently. Familiar phrases in these tough times.

To those I’d add: listen to music. Read a book or magazine. Watch a movie. Play your instrument. Surf the web. Don’t let the endless barrage of TV news make you crazy. Ignore (except to debunk) misinformation on Facebook and social media. Call or video chat with a family member, friend or loved one. Though we may be temporarily separated, we’re all in this together and we’ll help each other stay strong.

In this issue: Anne E. Johnson gives us incisive looks into two of the modern era’s greatest artists: Frank Sinatra and the Kinks! John Seetoo contributes his CanJam NYC 2020 Part Two report. J.I. Agnew continues his series on linearity in audio, with clear explanations of this technical topic. Tom Gibbs gives unrestrained opinions on Brandy Clark, King Crimson, Charlie Parker and Tame Impala. Professor Larry Schenbeck enthuses about Sanctuary Road, a new oratorio. Dan Schwartz asks: why don’t musicians use audiophile speakers?

Veteran broadcaster Bob Wood shakes his head over the state of today’s commercial radio. Wayne Robins provides a step by step operating manual for Miss Anthropocene by Grimes. Ivan Berger peers into the state of the audio art – 80 years ago. I say the audio shows must go on. Rich Isaacs looks at unusual cover versions of well-known songs. Rudy Radelic takes us through a journey to electrostatic ecstacy. Finally, our A/V department asks if ewes are listening, contemplates a silent audio partner and toasts a former music landmark.