This newsletter is dedicated to our shared love of all things musical. Titled waking your sleeping inner Muse, it is a clarion call to those who through time and circumstance have sadly allowed their 'joie de vivre' for music to become sidelined. Perreaux may owe its existence on our ability to develop some of the most distinctive audio amplifiers and peripherals; but as 2016 inches closer, it's time to set all that commercial stuff aside, take stock and focus on the big picture on why we are so passionate about doing what we do.
Recently, my wife Vicki asked me if I was aware that 'Fleetwood Mac' were coming to Dunedin and what were my thoughts on attending? I responded curtly. 'that old bunch of, has-beens', I saw them live when they were at their peak, on their Rumours tour, way back in 1977. I said, 'how could they be anything more than a bunch of old gold digging geezers'. So we left it at that and last month they played to a packed crowd of 35,000 at the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin. Speaking to some that attended, I had a nagging feeling that that I may have missed something special?
Recently I watched 'Prime Rocks' on TV, there was this great anthology piece on Fleetwood Mac, titled 'Rumours' and my heart opened up as they retold their journey. The programme also went into some detail about their complex interrelationships and centered on the recording of certain tracks on their Rumours album. The original tapes were re played and band members and studio engineers spoke of how they created and mixed the songs.
Christine McVie played 'Songbird' and it all started to get a bit much as emotions came flooding in and took hold. Thoughts of deeply loved family members now passed away. Everything became crystal clear during that brief moment in time.
It was late and I retired for the evening, filled with new found respect for 'Fleetwood Mac' and with thoughts of what a beautiful obsession we share. I had vivid memories watching them perform live at Western Springs way back in 1977. 40,000 fans standing in the sun and as the afternoon wore on, rising feelings of euphoria as the opening act played out, to be followed by the big announcement ladies and gentleman...the Paul Dainty Corporation is proud to present to you the hottest band in the world ..... 'Fleetwood Mac'. What an incredible moment in time, what a concert and what memories that only music has the ability to plant and root so permanently into our consciousness.
I then played Rumours all through the following day. What an album. Every song is absolute gold.
Coincidentally I've also been watching a series dedicated to grand home designs and I'm almost aghast at how few of these modern houses have anything like what I would consider to be a serious hi fi system. It is almost as if they are afraid to admit to and share their deep love of music. Ultimately I feel sorry for all those poor lost souls who through time and circumstance seem to have allowed themselves to lose their passion and devotion towards the audible pleasures. After reading this, you may feel that something similar has happened to you. If so, you can conduct our handy self audit.
The Perreaux guide to waking your sleeping inner muse
Clearly you may have forgotten or possibly never experienced a life so rich in emotion that can be further enhanced by listening to music.
2016 may be just around the corner, but it’s never too late to wake your sleeping inner muse.