It’s hard to know what to say under most circumstances these days, but especially at this time of year. Good intentions often fall upon offended ears.
Well, that’s just too damned bad.
Thanks to my surname, I often receive wishes of “Happy Hannukah!” Am I offended by that, having been raised an über-WASP Episcopal Goy? Nah. I appreciate the effort, and often up the ante with a “Chag Urim Sameach!”—though generally a suitable response is just, “thanks, and same to you.”
My point is that in an angry world, it doesn’t help to respond to misplaced good intentions with hostility, and is just plain cruel. There’s enough of that going around as it is.
Whoever you are, whatever your faith or lack of one, I wish you well. So: a blessed Mawlid an-Nabi, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah, a blessed Jule/Yuul, Happy Kwanzaa, and whatever there is that I may have missed. Can’t we all just get along?
I’m happy to present a very full holiday issue. Our present to audiophiles everywhere is the beginning of a series on audio cable design by Belden engineer Galen Gareis, with an assist from our Gautam Raja.
Columns? Yep, our regulars are all here:
Larry Schenbeck looks at oboe quartets; Dan Schwartz continues his series on what makes a bass a bass; Richard Murison continues his series on music-management software Music Brainz; Jay Jay French continues the ‘67 Psychedelic Shootout with a look at still more Brit Psychedelics; Duncan Taylor brings us the sister group, SHEL; Roy Hall remembers how sometimes clothes do make the man; Anne E. Johnson introduces British folkies Matthew and the Atlas ; our own resident Santa, Woody Woodward, just ain’t feeling it; Dan McCauley presents his exhaustive (and maybe exhausting) list of 2017’s 100 best albums; and I open a big, heavy box of the past, and have the sad duty to report the passing of yet another audio industry friend and colleague, Charley Hansen.
Industry News revisits Sears, Thiel, Classe’, and Gibson: the stories that just wouldn’t go away.
Happy Holidays to all, and we’ll see you next year!