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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.

In the moment

When Copper Magazine cover artist Bob DAmico forwarded me a video of Le Petit Chef I watched with utter fascination. What I found riveting was not just the brilliance of the husband and wife team of Filip and Birgit Sterckx, along with fellow Belgium Antoon Verbeeck, but how in the moment I felt.

Though this video dates back nearly five years ago, before the pandemic, it seems prescient. At a time in our history when close seating at a crowded restaurant may be only a distant memory, for me, this brilliant idea flipped the whole dining experience conundrum on its head. In a good way.

And no, this is not a post about restaurants or new dining experiences. It’s a post about being in the moment or, as Guru Ram Das might once have said, Be Here Now.

When we’re in the moment it’s important to shift our focus not on the past—waiting for things to return as they were while inwardly fearing it’s too late for that (it is)—but to readjust ourselves to take advantage of what we have to work with today.

Yes, the world’s a little off its collective rocker right now. There’s no denying it.

As I read our forums and reach out to folks invested deeply in the music, I am so proud of our HiFi Family.

What an amazing time this is.

 

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 new live

With intimate gatherings between strangers a bad idea for quite some time to come, we’ve had to figure out ways we can still share music together. One way is through live video.

The idea of a live video performance isn’t all that new. I remember plenty of television shows with Live from Lincoln Center and live from this place or that. What’s changed is the open access we now have for anyone to share with anyone else.

YouTube Live is fast becoming a stage for the personal concert—in a way, a return to the days of old before the advent of reproduced music for the home. Musicians would play to small groups in homes and clubs. Today, anyone with internet access, a camera, and a microphone can reach out across the globe to an audience of one or a million.

The musician in the McGowan family, our second son, Sean, spent a wonderful hour playing a free live concert you can watch and enjoy here.  Straight from the heart, Sean and his piano.

This is the new live. And, like everything else, over time, the quality and accessibility will continue to get better and better.

Musicians around the world now have the means to play for us live.

I hope more take advantage of this golden opportunity.