Emotional library

I tried explaining the organization of my music library to our chief engineer.  He has a very logical structured mind.  There is little obvious logic and structure to my library.  This was going to be a difficult task.

I’ll give you a little background as to why I manage the library perhaps differently than some.  But maybe the same as you?  Whether I am demonstrating the system to guests, using it as a reference tool for new designs, or just simply enjoying it, I choose what is being played by the emotional response that music should bring forward in the listener.  It’s very dependent on my read of the situation and changes with every one.  I’ll give you an example.

A recent visitor was very anxious to hear “the incredible system” he had been reading about on our web pages.  He knew about the system.  He had high expectations.  Of course the music I chose was intended to meet his expectations.  I started off with a Brian Bromberg cut from his great CD “Wood“, a generous gift to me from my friend Neil.  Track 1, The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers, is spectacular not because it has fireworks, but because it  sounds like Bromberg is playing in the room.  Realistic enough to drop a jaw.  That established the system’s resolving power.  I then moved to an older Reference Recording Showcase and played Sibelius: Finlandia.  This track engaged the visitor with the breadth of the orchestra.  Displayed the amazing stability the system offers of keeping each instrument exactly in its place regardless of volume.  I then finished with a cut he brought along.  Complete with fireworks.

With others I might choose something completely different.  Depends on the mood.  It is like going to a restaurant and choosing from the menu based on that very moment’s needs.  And that’s a good analogy for this is how my library is organized.  Using a tiered system of good, better, best, the music is lined up according to the mood it will engender.

Our music systems are built to evoke emotional responses based on the music we play and the level of enjoyment that music offers us.  It’s why I always mark the perfect volume level for each track.  It is why I organize my library according to the mood that piece will bring to the listener.

What works best for you?


The word passion has a number of definitions but the one I like the best comes from the Urban Dictionary: “Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.”

We are a passionate lot.  We spend hours, weeks, even lifetimes putting our hearts, minds and souls into our music systems.

It’s what I love about being a part of the industry and working with those that are here for the same reasons.

It’s why we should all strive to be as generous as we can, sharing our passion with those who may enjoy even the smallest taste of what we love.

Have you shared your passion with someone you know recently?  A co-worker perhaps?  Even if people haven’t a clue what you’re talking about, the simple act of sharing your passion with someone is a giving act that makes both of you happy and fulfilled.

Passion’s contagious.  Share some today.