Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Outrageous

In my post of a few days ago about pop singer Billy Eilish, I received some very anxious emails informing me she’s more than just a singer with dark lyrics, it seems she’s making outrageous statements about “the occult” and whatnot.

Certainly, if this kind of modern music makes you uncomfortable then, by all means, don’t listen.

On the other hand, if you stop for a moment and think about it, she’s more of a reflection of our times and her age than anything else. And isn’t that the idea behind music? Bob Dylan’s lyrics were a reflection of his time as much as Beethoven and Mozart were.

And music is often outrageous! Gustav Mahler’s music was so outrageous that he was booed off the stage and lambasted as a heretic! Today, we cannot even imagine that it was so.

It’s tough being 18. For one thing, part of your job is to scare the crap out of adults by being outrageous. That’s what we do when we’re coming of age. We test the waters of what it takes to provoke outrage. That’s what Billie Eilish is doing, only, she’s doing it brilliantly. She is saying what’s in the heads of her contemporaries and saying it so honestly that people listen. Which is why I bring her to your attention.

And the conspiracy theories? She’s no more on a mission to convert youth to darkness than Elvis Presley was out to corrupt and subvert his generation. They are/were reflections of their time and age.

Let me give you some examples of past outrageous behavior. We’ll start with the 50s, and work our way through to today. See if you don’t spot a pattern in these photos:

Each era had its outrageous appearance designed to shock the older generation, make a statement of their independence, and put a stake in the ground saying, “I am here. I have arrived, and I am not you.”

That’s how it works.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Made in USA

There is a city in Japan that is located on the small island of Kyushu in the Ōita Prefecture. Its name is Usa. Decades ago, when America was obsessed with xenophobic urges to keep out foreign-made products, it was said the Japanese so named this city to get around the Made in USA requirements of the Federal Trade Commission. That story is completely false. The hysteria surrounding it was real.

The original idea behind the labeling system was to identify products wholly manufactured in another country because a few bad actors made a habit of buying offshore goods and slapping a homemade label on them. No one likes to get fooled.

We all appreciate supporting local economies and jobs.

Which is why PS Audio makes a point of buying local whenever we can. For example, we use our local economies for our chassis, paint, circuit boards, fasteners, sub-assemblies, packaging, etc. In fact, with few exceptions, everything we make (other than Sprout) is mostly made in the USA. The few components we buy overseas, like our top covers and heat sinks, are simply unavailable in the US.

The one big elephant in the room I haven’t mentioned are the audio and video electronics themselves: semiconductors, vacuum tubes, capacitors, resistors, integrated circuits. These are, with few exceptions, no longer made in the States—which means any company using electronics can never label their products as made in the USA.

All this is fine by me because I believe a global economy is good for everyone. However, I also think companies like PS Audio, who support local economies for the majority of their product’s build costs, should be able to proudly let the world know of their commitment to supporting jobs. Instead, we’re forced to print “Assembled in Boulder with globally sourced components”.

I understand the thought process behind the FTC restrictions on labeling, however, I believe they are behind the times and restrictive to the point of being counter-productive.

That should change.

End of rant.