Defending the truth

May 10, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

Did you know there’s a river in South America named after the world’s largest online retailer?

Truth or alternative fact?

Today is my 74th birthday and my request from our community is a day of letting go.

Like the Beatles, Let It Be.

One day where we all smile and enjoy each other’s company (even if it is virtual).

One day where we don’t have to be right.

One day where we let our strong-held beliefs relax and enjoy the day.

One day to be happy as part of our wonderful community.

Tomorrow we can get back to it.

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67 comments on “Defending the truth”

  1. “alternative fact”…don’t you just love the subtleties within an oxymoron 😀

    Well Paul, another year.
    They do seem to be flying past faster & faster.
    “Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were”
    was released fifty years ago when you were
    “twenty-four & there’s so much more”.

    Happy Birthday Paul!

    Thanks for all that you do in the home-audio industry, your experience,
    your passion & your common-sense approach to ‘rig synergy’ 😉

    I hope that Terri, you & all of the junior McGowan’s have
    a wonderful day in celebration of you.
    Martin ✌

    1. You said it all and appreciate you taking the time to express your thoughts. For sure, the world will always be in turmoil with the different types of governments and nationalistic goals. I agree with your description of “alternative” facts. Who would think folks would be so loyal to a cause that truth doesn’t matter in a democratic society. Autocratic Russia is losing their “elite” because they want freedom over dictatorship.

      Happy Birthday Paul and Terri…the world is better because of you!

    2. Thanks for posting that link. I had to stop reading, and listen again to my favorite Neil Young song. I just turned 70 a couple of months ago. That song has more meaning every year. I don’t expect to ever get the chance to visit your country, but if I did I’m sure we could have a great time with some good beers and great rock music. Just reading these post every morning makes feel as though I’ve made new friends all over the world.

  2. Happy birthday, indeed.

    On the subject of rivers, did you know there’s a river in France called the Aa? Or L’Aa in French? Which imaginative person thought that up? If you drive from England to France and turn left, there is a motorway sign that says “L’Aa”. I suppose I might have thought “Oh, La Aa” at some point. The irony is that the word Aa is actually a Dutch word for “water”, so it’s actually the Water River, which is even more stupid and unimaginative than L’Aa.

    Keep going and you will soon be in Plopsaland, which was home to the Smurfs, they have a rollercoaster called “The Ride to Happiness” (which doesn’t bear thinking about), or you can take a ride on a goat.

    So that’s my contribution on rivers and how to have fun on your birthday, over the Aa on the Ride to Happiness. What more could you want?

  3. Many happy returns of the day Paul.
    Those sentiments for “one day” would be good advice for every day.
    And that last line “Tomorrow we can GET BACK to it.”
    Intentional link or a happy accident?
    Hope you have a good one 🙂

  4. Another year Wiser and yet another year older.

    Happy Birthday!

    In a room over looking the Charles watching the sculls…. Can’t help but the think of the Standells’ and start smiling

  5. You are a lucky man, Paul! You have your health and are clearly very actively involved in your life’s passion with your businesses. You’re a lucky man! Keep the ball rolling and don’t stop living life and have a great birthday cake with your family to celebrate your day! Happy Birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday! Paul,
    … but you can’t be 74 – I’m 9 years younger so that would make me 65 soon 🙁
    At least my private pension should kick in 🙂

    Really liked your sentiment above, for sure we should all “smile and enjoy each other’s company”, every now and then at least 🙂

    Today for me ‘was’ weather gloomy/wet and hoping my car passes it’s MOT without needing fixing…
    … but now I’ll be making time for the Let It Be album and, thanks to Fat Rat, maybe some Neil Young – the annual ‘kit cleaning’ can wait 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday, Paul. You are a blessing. This world is a better place because you’re in it. Thank you for welcoming me into your HiFi Family.

  8. All the best to you on this special day, Paul. The best gift is what you receive by giving and you give so much to so many- I hope it all comes back to you today!

  9. Happy 74th Paul. Thank you for all your wonderful videos and the Audiophile’s Guide – applying your advice (particularly about set-up) has dramatically increased my enjoyment of the music I listen to. Keep up the good work!
    Also, as it’s your birthday, I suggest you treat yourself to a bottle of Le Montrachet – it’s the FR30 of white wine.

    1. Happy Birthday Paul!. If you can treat yourself to a bottle of Le Montrachet, it’s even rarer than an FR30 and certainly the white wine I’d aspire to. Happy Happy Birthday!!!

  10. Cheers from Canada.

    Have a wonderful day and evening Paul.

    At our age, one must be grateful and make everyday count.

    I will have a few drams of scotch this evening in your honour.

  11. Now we know who too blame for the wax shortage as a result of making all the candles for his cake. Paul I hope you have a great Birthday !

  12. Many happy returns of the day Paul. Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour with the most important people of all. Your family. (Nearly said Audio Family!)

  13. Happy birthday Paul! Let’s celebrate life, the most precious gift that God gave us! Tomorrow we will have time to say that the name of comes from the name of the Amazonas river that crosses Brazil from west to east. Greetings from Montevideo, Uruguay.

      1. Thanks Andy.

        In my defense I was sitting in Boston traffic when that tune popped in my head. So I grabbed the first link.
        Now that I can see the visual I know what you mean. ✌️ 😉

  14. Happy Birthday! Thanks for your posts (in addition to your product development). I’m three years older and wish I was productive as you.

  15. Happy Birthday Paul!
    You are a great light that keeps all our lives brighter every day.
    Keep it shining for many many years to come! And keep making beautiful music that keeps our lives more enjoyable.
    Thank you for all you do!

  16. My equipment was set on a storage shelf in a back bedroom for about 12 years, then in a storage facility for close to another year. I got remarried and my new administrator fully embraced my appetite to get back to what I loved most, My audio and all of my gear to make that happen. Our new house afforded me a dedicated room for listening. As I got started to finally put my system back together, I came across your videos Paul, and the magic began. You inspired me and gave me so much to think about as well as ponder. I did not always agree with you but I kept an open mind. You taught me about voltage and wattage, subwoofers, and how to properly place them, you told me to move my speakers out into the room for staging (I had them in the corners by the way). The biggest thing I got from you is building synergy with my components. Now I’m learning about recordings and looking closer at the vinyl I order/purchase and when and where they were produced. Thank you for this! this journey alongside you has been so rewarding and my listening session sounds so much better. I have some PSA products and they are what you say they are.

    Again, thank you so much and on behalf of this community, TAKE THE DAY OF MY FRIEND! you’ve earned it! Happy Birthday, enjoy your day and we will see you back at the office tomorrow! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    And always ” Keep listening” 🙂

  17. Happy birthday Paul! Here’s to many more happy birthdays.

    Your inspiration continues to draw new young audiophiles to the hobby like moths to a flame. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s immensely appreciated.

  18. Today is your 45th anniversary of your 29th birthday Paul! With your energy, zeal and positive outlooks on life, may you have many more anniversaries and years to celebrate in following your passions of creative genius!! 🙂

  19. Amen Paul and a Happy and Healthy Birthday to you and many more to come.

    I believe in five words to make life more meaningful… Sympathy, Empathy, Compassion, Gratitude and Acceptance. If we could practice the true meaning of these five words, this world would be a better place.

  20. Well hey – happy birthday from another fellow May 10th’er!! (‘64)
    I shall tilt one (ok, a couple..) up to you after work. Cheers from Vancouver Island Paul.
    Tell you what, I’ll take the day off if YOU will……

    Didn’t think so.. 😉


    On today’s theme – the “Be” part:

    We are a society, and we all benefit from our society.

    We need each other and the contributions of each.

    We must always work to better our society.

    As we work, shouldn’t we keep our mutual need top-of-mind?

  22. Congratulations on completing 74 orbits of Sol, you Old Fa…, ehr, Dude! I’m just a kid who discovered America in 1953.

    As nice as it would be to just “Let It Be”, today is also primarily election day in Nebraska; so it’s off to do my civic duty in this small ‘d’ democratic republic.

    LIve long and prosper. \\//_ =//=OldDudesStillRock

  23. Happy Birthday from Philadelphia.

    After all the deserved plaudits above, its great that Terri is there to keep your feet on the ground.

    Thanks for being!

  24. Paul! 74!

    You know to be honest I thought you were much younger than that. 😉

    I hope you have a terrific day and enjoy the music that is right for you. Let it be indeed. 🙂

    Have a terrific day. Thanks for all that you do.

  25. This morning, before reading today’s post, I had a conversation with my 10 year old grandaughter. As I drove her to school, I talked to her about writing a song or two together, and play a few songs I like and ones she might like me to learn on my guitar.

    One of my songs, was Joni Mitchell,
    “ The Circle Game”. Written as a responses to Neil Young’s “Sugar Mountain”, Joni’s song talks about the Circle we are all on. Someone mention Paul had made 74 trips around the Sun, and it appears many of us have also made a few trips.

    Circle Game

    Yesterday, a child came out to wander
    Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
    Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
    And tearful at the falling of a star

    And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
    And the painted ponies go up and down
    We’re captive on the carousel of time
    We can’t return we can only look behind
    From where we came
    And go round and round and round
    In the circle game

    Then, the child moved ten times ’round the seasons
    Skated over ten clear frozen streams
    Words like, “When you’re older”, must appease him
    And promises of someday make his dreams

    And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
    And the painted ponies go up and down
    We’re captive on the carousel of time
    We can’t return we can only look behind
    From where we came,
    And go round and round and round
    In the circle game

    Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
    Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
    And they tell him, “Take your time. It won’t be long now.
    ‘Til your drag your feet to slow the circles down”

    And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
    And the painted ponies go up and down
    We’re captive on the carousel of time
    We can’t return we can only look behind
    From where we came
    And go round and round and round
    In the circle game

    So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
    Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
    There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
    Before the last revolving year is through.

    And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
    And the painted ponies go up and down
    We’re captive on the carousel of time
    We can’t return, we can only look behind
    From where we came
    And go round and ’round and ’round
    In the circle game
    And go ’round and ’round and ’round in the circle game

    Here’s to Paul and everyone here, that we have many more trips on the Carousel.

  26. Happy Birthday my friend. We don’t always agree on everything but no family does. Cheers to many more years enjoying music on great equipment.

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