Welcome to Copper #67!
It may be my Irish heritage and genetic memories of last call, but the melancholy song “Closing Time” has always resonated with me. For those who have somehow avoided this late-’90s classic, a key line is “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Okay: it’s not exactly Schopenhauer, and may be a tad sophist, but there is a fair amount of wisdom contained within that line. And so, as we move the PS Audio factory from our home of many years to a big new building (all the way across the street), there is wistfulness mixed with the excitement. Some clean-up remains, but the basic move is over, the toasts have been made—and so we begin, again.
Getting into #67, Larry Schenbeck tells us about a new opera, whose subject is—Steve Jobs?? Dan Schwartz is under the weather, so we’ll revisit his piece on the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound; Richard Murison writes about teamwork, and not in an eye-rolling way; Jay Jay French’s piece is entitled “The Needle and the Damage Done”—and I’ll let you determine what it’s about; Roy Hall has still more (!!) love stories; Anne E. Johnson examines some lesser-known cuts from Peter Gabriel; Christian James Hand deconstructs the ’70s chestnut that is “Free Bird”-–and I think you’ll be astonished at the level of musicianship that was involved. I ask, have you heard that stuff?— and continue looking at the technology of playing records.
Woody Woodward is still on sabbatical, and will return in a few issues.
Thanks for reading. See you soon!