Today is Thanksiving in the United States. A day when we give thanks for life's blessings, such as family, friends, good health, and so on. These truly are blessings to be thankful for.
Since this is an audiophile blog, I'd also like to express gratitude for audio equipment, which can be an incredible gift.
With audio equipment, we have the ability to hear what we want when we want. One wants a Mozart symphony at 3 AM? Not a problem. There's no need to leave the house. There's no need to wait until the next time the local symphony plays Mozart. Just drop the LP on the turntable, the CD into the CD player, or make a selection on Spotify.
Audio equipment gives us the ability to hear works we might not ever hear otherwise.
We also have the ability to hear performers we couldn't hear otherwise. There are countless great musicians who are no longer living, and yet they live on through recordings. Some musicians are still alive and performing, but have changed over the years, and so recordings again come to the rescue, allowing us to hear what they were like years ago.
So now let us pause, and be thankful for the amazing gift of recorded music, and for the contributions of all who made it happen.