Welcome to the 34th issue of Copper!
As I approach yet another birthday, I'm struck by the changes that come with age. Some have come with maturity (I think); others are clearly just signs of wear and tear.
For example: in my younger days, I would agonize over any bit of criticism I received, especially if that criticism was of something I'd written. At this point, I'm pragmatic enough to know that I do the best I can, given the constraints of time and my own ability. Pretty much anything can be improved, given additional time, attention and tweaking...but just as in manufacturing, there comes a point at which a line must be drawn, changes cease, and (as our friend Seth Godin says) you have to ship it
. For me, the ability to let go of something, anything---an essay, a relationship, or even a grudge---has been one of the hardest things to learn in life.
I'd like to ascribe that ability to let go to maturity, not indifference.
Wear and tear? A few years ago, I drove from Boston to Sarasota, non-stop. A day later I flew to Denmark for a week-long consulting gig, then flew home to Florida. I was okay within two days.
My recent trip to Munich left me exhausted and foggy for a week. The difference a few years have made in my ability to recover from travel-abuse has been eye-opening, and more than a little frightening.
The stories in this issue's Industry News
seem to me to demonstrate aging without gaining wisdom. Sears
and Radio Shack
were among America's leading retailers for many decades---and then didn't respond to changing times. Can a business become senile? I think so.
The rest of our columns are more upbeat: Professor Schenbeck
looks at an element of music that we oh-so-serious musicophiles and audiophiles often overlook: is it FUN?
Beatles acolyte Dan Schwartz
offers his own unique take on the importance of Sgt. Pepper
on its 50th anniversary; Richard Murison
takes a side-trip into the bewildering world of patents
; Duncan Taylor
introduces us to still more amazing musicians
; Anne E. Johnson
introduces another unique indie artist, Andy Suzuki
; Dan McCauley
provides this issue's album review, the newbie from The Mountain Goats
grumble about sleeplessness and music
, and continue my look at horn speakers
Our friend Jim Smith
discusses that audiophile ideal, the dedicated listening room
. As promised in the last issue, I
review my experiences at the Munich show
---including the joy of the biergarten!
The bottom half of our audio show doubleheader has Dan Schwartz
doing a quick lap of the new LA Audio Show
. Visit on Friday, write on Saturday, publish on Monday---how about that?
We wrap up #34 with a chilly Parting Shot
. Our friends Woody Woodward
and Jay Jay French
will be back soon, and we once again remind our readers that we welcome contributions for In My Room
, our feature on reader's listening rooms. You could be next!
Until next issue---enjoy!