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As We Bow Our Heads And Press Play...

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by musichal, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    Audio is not a religion, though there are many various, often opposing, beliefs extant. I do not worship at the shrine of the perfect speaker, or the perfect amp. Perfection awaits another world, or plane of existence.

    Nor is music a religion; no, rock'n'roll won't save you. However, music is indeed spiritual; it has soul, we say, because it somehow touches ours. It is that touch that puts the pursuit in audio. That spiritual touch that relaxes us at the end of a grueling day, when in wind-down mode - on a good day. Yes, the pursuit of happiness to some degree, but more than that, a feeding of the spirit of mankind so that, upon a really good day:

    I am at one with the music
    washing over me
    washing me
    rinsing away the stresses
    relieving the tension
    as I prepare
    for release.

    I am at one with the music
    energizing me
    wind me up
    watch me leaping
    as I prepare
    for ignition.

    I become the music
    float and sting
    laugh and cry
    transcendent
    I am reborn
    the world new again.

    I sing I dance
    I twist and shout
    feel love and sadness
    joyously
    I am alive
    to the spirit within.
    Better get hit in yo' soul, said Mingus. Sometimes a two-inch speaker in a small radio is all the ceremony we need, sometimes we want more because that is in our nature. Maybe some are addicted, looking for a bigger fix, but that is not most of us. So whether the means is a simple radio, or a high-end mega-system, it is but that - the means to an end. Or better, a beginning. A continuing, for music is for the living.
     
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  2. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Nice piece overall, Hal. I especially like, and am in full agreement with, the line quoted above.
     
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  3. peerson

    peerson Well-Known Member

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    I am not looking for "perfection", either. But, there is a good feeling when you put on a record that you just finished cleaning and it's DEAD QUIET! And, for me, a 2" speaker in a small radio just will not work, LOL
     
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  4. northpaw

    northpaw Active Member

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    Bravo.

    I wonder at times, mostly subconsciously, why I can enjoy a small bluetooth speaker at times (admittedly quite a bit better than an old transistor radio) as much as I do. Thanks for your excellent explanation.
     
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  5. biscuithead

    biscuithead Me likes the eargasm retroplasm... Subscriber

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    "Become the music". !!!!!
    :beerchug:
     
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  6. GChief

    GChief Not well known, super member or other silliness Subscriber

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    This weekend in the Mts, next to a campfire, our crappy little BT Bose speaker will sound wonderful!!! Playing iTunes from my phone.
     
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  7. Bdbras84

    Bdbras84 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    There has been many times in my where music and the relationship to certain songs has been the only thing that has gotten me through. At times if I hear a certain song it takes me back to a certain place an time in my youth that brings a smile to my face. Upbeat songs from thunderstruck to Kodachrome can get me in a positive ready to rock n roll mood to subdue the anxiety I may have about doing something. Music an the opportunity to listen to it , no matter on what gear sure is a wonderful thing isn't it? :thumbsup:
     
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  8. tom67

    tom67 Active Member

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    "Expensive high end audio isn't the only thing....It's everything".....Vince Lombardi 1962
     
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  9. SB12345

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    "Nor is music a religion; no, rock'n'roll won't save you."

    But never forget........... God Gave Rock And Roll To You*

    *Russ Ballard

    :rockon:
     
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  10. peerson

    peerson Well-Known Member

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    I used to have a few "Flashbacks", too. Doesn't seem to happen as often as it used to. Mine usually involve extremely vivid colors, though.;)
     
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  11. Aerobat

    Aerobat Class A all the way

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    I think that one's backwards but I get the drift!
     
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  12. just dave

    just dave vintage rules!

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    "Give me Vintage or give me death"... Patrick Henry
     
  13. richamor

    richamor Blue Collar Subscriber

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    For more than one of us....a transistor radio was our first personal exposure. We could listen to whatever whenever.

    Nice piece.:thumbsup:
     
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  14. Audiotfoot

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    Ditto. An old Sonic Impact iPod player picked up at a thrift is quite enjoyable. And the Bluetooth driven by Alexa provides a nice touch to preparing breakfast.
     
  15. ev13wt

    ev13wt Super Member

    Fully agreed. Very nice points you touch upon.
    When we die, everything living dies. Thoughts, feelings, memories - everything. What remains? I say a sliver of a human collective soul goes back to the, well, collective soul.

    Music is the "hard disk" for the human race.
    Thought patterns, feelings, learned "stuff" - that results in music (and written down text of course, but that is more limiting than music as a communication transport device, that is what remains.
    All new humans discover music, and simply understand and listen.
    Make more music.
     
  16. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    While our philosophical paradigms differ, I agree with most of that, and it was very well expressed, punctuation gaffs aside (that's just my OCD talkin'). Nice post.
     
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  17. will1960

    will1960 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Well written and insightful, musichal. Your posts have become "must reads" for me.

    We all "caught the bug" on less than hi-fi equipment. While our regular attendance here indicates we all enjoy the pursuit of quality sound, and the gear that provides it, we all found that initial spark of interest from the music, not the devices presenting it.

    I, for one, recall receiving a cassette recorder for Christmas when I was 9 years old, and would place the corded microphone near my clock radio. I listened to the local AM rock station (WLS 890) waiting to click the two piano style buttons that started the "record" function when a song came on that I liked. My first stab at mix tapes! lol Always tried to time the start and stop so as not to hear the DJ leading in, or coming back near the end.

    Moved steadily forward to where I am now, 50 years later, and have enjoyed every step of the process!
     
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  18. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    Yep. I did the same off AM with one of those portable cassette recorders. Sounds like we were both doing that about the same time.
     
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