There’s lots of threads about upgrades and cables, internet speeds and switches, racks and stacking orders and on and on however there’s few on the impact music has had on our lives. I know l’ve mentioned it a few times but for me it’s always about the music it’s 1st 2nd and 3rd. I’m just fortunate enough to be able to have a stack of Naim boxes and afford the odd tweak and upgrade now and then but if I wasn’t I’d still listen to music on anything anywhere I could regardless of quality.
Someone posted recently that they believed hi fi couldn’t be beautiful and I thought in my opinion just how wrong they were. My hi fi is beautiful it’s magical, it’s my shiny time machine capable of transporting me back in time, both to happier and sadder places and times. It’s taken me back to ‘64 as an 9 year old wagging school to watch the Beatles arrive in Australia. Listening to The Monkees “I Want Be Free” and finding it somewhere to hide while our family was falling apart. It’s getting a lift with the “cool” kids and having to nurse their collection of LPs, Bowie Lou Reed T-Rex etc as they drove like maniacs towards the coast. It’s taken me back to a shared house in North Entrance all of us stoned listening to my plastic white stereo as Dark Side of the Moon bounced the speakers around the vinyl floor, it’s Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get On” and my first wife. It’s hearing the Moody Blues on the first proper hi fi I’d ever heard and the joy of watching Elton John jumping up on his piano on his first visit down under. It’s the melancholy of hearing Dylan’s “Sara” and remembering a lost friend.
There’s hardly a album in my collection that doesn’t have an emotional trigger. I sit back press play and it’s like I’m Captain Kirk on the Enterprise in the blink of an eye I could be miles or years away.
I’d love to hear others stories of albums/songs that have the ability to transport you somewhere else, the good and the bad times. And next time someone tells you your hi fi isn’t beautiful just remind them of it’s beauty and that is definitely a case it’s more than skin deep.