“The reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated.” (Mark Twain’s cousin)
“I’m not pissed off. I’m from New Jersey.” (anon.)
After I made my “Farewell” announcement public in a post here nearly a year ago, some people wondered why I was leaving hifi (beyond the reasons I gave). Some wondered aloud, so to speak, on hifi forums. I know this because friends and readers sent links to some of these posts and I discovered some interesting behavior — on each of the forums I visited, participants were concerned or certain that something that took place on their particular forum was the reason for my decision to say goodbye. As if each of these forums and the comments contained therein actually have this kind of influence.
Back in reality, this had no connection to the truth. First off, in each case I had never read the supposed offending comments because I no longer read forums of any kind and second off, I didn’t fully understand all of the reasons for my decision until some time after I’d made it.
Besides, even I was wrong — turns out I didn’t retire, I just took a break.
During this past nearly-a-year I’ve been listening to music most days, before and after work during the week (I’m a Teamster), and longer sessions on weekends, with some of this listening time taking place while I work on my works, i.e. drawings, Polaroids, and sculpture [footnote 2]. I continue to feed my brain music that’s new to me sourced from Tidal and Qobuz on a near-daily basis, and I remain addicted to the experience of listening to music on the hifi as an activity unto itself. Yes, I said addicted because having an intimate connection to music is an experience like no other and it’s one my mind and body crave (for sanity’s sake).
As you can see, I’ve begun posting again and I will continue to do so, including reviews. There’s related additional news which I’ll share when the time is right. In the mean time, it feels good to be back and I want to thank you for what has been a warm welcome home.
1. More system details coming soon
2. One reason for my decision to take a TM-break was to spend more time and attention on my works. I am happy to share that a number of my drawings were selected for inclusion in two exhibits.