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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.

Stealin’ from the best

Artist Pablo Picasso is credited with an old saying. “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Composers routinely lift riffs and melodies from each other. In 1775, at the age of nineteen, Mozart composed the “Misericordias Domini,” a six-minute sacred work that is rarely heard today. In it, Mozart employs a melody that would one day be lifted, dusted off and become one of the most famous melodies of all time: the “Ode to Joy” theme that undergirds the long fourth movement of Beethoven’s massive Ninth Symphony.

In 1958, music artist Chuck Berry penned and popularized Sweet Little Sixteen, only to be copied in 1963 by the Beach Boys in their mega-hit Surfin USA. It’s remarkable to compare the two entirely different genres of music—rock and roll “Race Music” to mostly white “Surfin’ Music”—and hear the same tune presented so differently. Those differences wound up in hands of lawyers until the Beach Boys manager (and father), Murray Wilson, agreed to give the publishing rights to Arc Music, Berry’s publisher. It wouldn’t be until 1966 that Berry would actually get credit for penning the song.

There are certainly other examples too, like “Bring It On Home,” by Led Zeppelin (1969) vs. “Bring It On Home,” by Sonny Boy Williamson (written by Willie Dixon) (1966) or “Whole Lotta Love,” by Led Zeppelin (1969) vs. “You Need Love,” by Muddy Waters (also written by Willie Dixon) (1962), or the tune to “My Sweet Lord,” by George Harrison (1970) vs. “He’s So Fine,” by the Chiffons (written by Ronnie Mack) (1962).

There are only 12 notes to work with in western music, yet some combinations of those notes are just too good to pass up.

All composers and musicians stand on the shoulders of those before them.

And some tunes are so good they are worth stealing.

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.

The power of community

Every passion driven enterprise seems to have its community and high-end audio is no different. Members helping other members without much in the way of competition.

Our Community Forums are one of the most widely read online audiophile gathering places on the web. It’s an open and friendly place that exists not just for PS Audio customers but anyone with any equipment interested in the same things we all are. Music and its reproduction.

While many other forums seem a dangerous place in which its members might rip into an innocent question, chastise newbies for their ignorance, replay some communal rant, or push forward a sensationalist’s agenda fueled by advertising dollars, ours is a calmer safer place.

The power of community grows when members feel encouraged and help and advice are freely offered without judgment or malice.

I like to think of it as our HiFi Family. Sure, there’s the occasional bickering and squabbling as in any family, but for the most part, we’re a supportive group with the goal of elevating everyone.

The real beauty of community is leveraging the combined knowledge and wisdom of thousands—something no organization could replicate internally.

I hope you have a chance to join our community if you’re new to it.

We welcome you.