Opening Salvo

Music Appreciation

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, a time of year that puts many of us in a contemplative mood. And although I don’t know anyone who leads a life without obstacles, all of us have a lot to be thankful for, especially when it comes to music.

Music is a source of joy, solace, excitement, fond memories, consolation, a way to connect with the artist, a way to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, a way to celebrate a new love, something to enjoy in private or share with family and friends…one of the many things in life to be endlessly thankful for.

In this issue: we’re thrilled to announce the addition of James Whitworth to our staff. James is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and writer based in the UK. His work has appeared in the Sheffield Star, Hi-Fi News, The Independent and others and in galleries. He is also the author of a series of crime novels.

Bob Wood tells us what life at a radio station was like in the uninhibited Seventies. John Seetoo offers part one of an interview with industry titan John Meyer, founder of pro audio company Meyer Sound. Anne E. Johnson goes from jazz to rock with pieces on the music of Coleman Hawkins and Led Zeppelin. Roy Hall tells us about Artek, a relative who gave him an appreciation for many things. Tom Gibbs looks at new releases from Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and…a jazz band doing The Allman Brothers?

Rich Isaacs inaugurates a new series looking at progressive rock, a much-maligned genre for some, but not us! I contribute the first of a two-part report on the recent 2019 New York Audio Show. Dan Schwartz continues his exploration into audio system synergy and the not-so-smooth road he’s taken. Professor Larry Schenbeck offers insight into Joseph Haydn and his theatre work. In our new Audio Anthropology feature, we take a fond look at audio back in the day. Last but certainly not least, Woody Woodward tells us about the great Christmas hymns.

Frank