The speakers are so detailed it's scary, and the audio components all but vanish. His stuff's worth a fortune, sure, but Vallely gets manufacturer deals through his work, and he purchases other pieces used.
I used to be like that. They'll compare audiophile CDs back-and-forth," he laughs, "but not really listen to the music. And I learned a long time ago not to judge stuff before you take it home and try it out.
How much money can you spend? I t's Sunday afternoon back at Audiokarma Fest and Terry Cummins "Cummins, like the big diesel engines" moves like a proud dad. He's a blue-collar guy, glasses, graying hair, with the kind of inviting laugh that's reserved for barstools, seasoned with hints of hard road.
He's been married to the same woman for 35 years and has two grown children. His father and two brothers and are all into audio. And he's so moved by the possibilities in music's tonality and dynamics that he constructed his own system. Cummins' story is so Detroit too: He got laid off from his auto industry gig coordinating parts for production lines four months ago.
You'd never tell because the year-old's excitement for both music and his home-built system is kidlike, life-affirming and communicable. He talks of the rise in popularity of audiophile systems: "It is growing, because kids are starting to recognize vinyl, buying it. He talks about actor James Coburn: "He died listening to his system!
Grumpy says Cummins created this system "with pennies. It's probably worth 10 times that. His stereo looks as if it was cobbled together in a backyard audio chop shop of leftover parts from a s radio station; there's an antiquated and soft spherical sexiness, as if you're looking at another era's electronics through smudged windows.
Glowing tubes are mounted in timber boxes; power outlets and transformers are affixed to two-by-fours; cables and power cords arch like thick, graceful streams of frozen Silly String. But the sound. It's real. For as many audiophiles that are out there, no two sound alike. It's like a kaleidoscope of systems. Cummins accomplished the goal of pure audio in that his equipment doesn't impede the music. The sound is transparent and fast an audio illusion where the music seems to get to your ears quickly.
He's here simply to share it. He has nothing to sell. The five or six people in the room feel the song's musical tension. It's obvious in how their conversations suddenly hush. He's sitting directly in front of you, singing, strumming. The reach-out-and-touch-a-Beatle closeness is frightfully real.
There's another unspoken consensus in the room: How can something sound so perfect, so warm, so nuanced, so dynamic and so emotional? All CDs should sound like this. Cummins takes a chair and leans back, arms crossed at his chest, head askew, eyes shut. As McCartney begins the second refrain, tears well in Cummins' eyes, one makes its way down his cheek. He's found audio nirvana; for him the chase is over, at least for now. The mastering master Laying it down with Steve Hoffman.
Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. The week "Run It! That's no slight feat, especially for a reheated version of Usher's "Yeah! In , Tom T. Hall had his biggest hit. And it was an unlikely hit at that. Tom repeated all the things he loved about life. In fact, he really just told a story in the song and sang the chorus. He mentioned just about everything under the son including baby tucks and tomatoes on the vine.
There were even a mention of hay. And really people still love this song. Sometimes we just need to put aside all the negativity in life and focus on what we love. And you know what? I love you too. Nothing like starting things off with a little controversy.
You run into someone. You meet them. You get to know them. You like them. You fall for them. In the end we have Jim trying to get the woman of his dreams to tell her man to head out the door. Falling in love or lust is usually not a perfect situation, but sometimes you just have to go for it. Lefty Frizzell came out with an interesting song when he released Saginaw, Michigan. The song was the story about a guy that left everything behind for the pull of the gold in Alaska.
The guy left the love of his life behind hoping to strike it rich. Her father, unfortunately, did not like the young guy. In the end the young guy struck it rich in the Klondike and the old man was left up there searching for his own gold.
And sometimes those are ok. Who would have guessed that a song about a traveling hobo would become the biggest hit of ? What really was unique about the song was the campy melody. Roger Miller was always a little quirky, but he sure could write and sing some of the best songs ever.
This was his top hit. It was in when she finally broke through in a big way with her first number one hit — Joshua.
The song was a story about a young woman and burly big man. Nobody could tell a story in the way Dolly could. She is unique. She has a great storytelling about her and this number one hit is proof. George and Tammy are legends.
George and Tammy seemed to have sparks flying back and forth at all times. When they were on they were really on. The song is about a couple in love and the ring that binds them.
Waylon makes an appearance in the top It would be hard to put together a top old country song list without including Waylon. My favorite song of his was Luckenbach, Texas. There is something about the melody in the chorus that takes me to a place in the rural countryside where I can hang out with my friends and enjoy life. Even if the song is about something a little more on the somber side there is still something about a song that takes you somewhere else.
She wore her laundry out on her sleeve. Her songs were her way of coping with what was going on at home. And Loretta also used her songs to connect with her past. Loretta came from humble beginnings and was able to find success in country music. It was a hopeful song for so many. It gave them something to shoot for. I find it to be a classic, though. The song is fast-paced and really moves along through the lyrics. It was a little introduction for a guy that would become one of the biggest music stars of all time.
Life can break you down sometimes. It turns you inside and out and whips you around until you become a bit broken. Breakups are always difficult. You, me, and everyone else reading this blog has gone through a breakup. His music made an impact on the lives of country fans all over the world. His songs spoke to people and his biggest hit was this song.
In a country world where everybody sounded the same for a while there was Buck Owens. He came from the west coast and with him brought a totally unique style of playing and singing. After breaking through with a few hits Buck saw his career take off in with his first number one hit — Act Naturally.
The man is a true legend and he always did things the way he thought they should be done. He was unique. He was different and people loved him for it. So many people recognize this song. Kenny Rogers took on the persona of the gambler and even starred in a movie series based on the character in the famous song. He crossed genres and brought scores of new listeners. And his biggest hit was about an old gambler. My folks had and perhaps even still have a box full of Willie Nelson LPs at their house.
Merle is famous for his wrong doing during his younger days. He spent time in jail for theft and a few various other infractions. For old Merle he brought his troubled past to song and often sang about his stays in prison including the track Branded Man. Merle knew he would be the target of much story for his past and he felt it best to just tell the official word as he saw fit.
People reacted positively and Merle became a star. The song has this upbeat sound to it, but there is nothing really upbeat about the lyrics. A guy is a little annoyed by how he was treated with by his former lover. She left him to struggle in sorrow and all he can muster up is a little sarcasm. This song might not be where sarcasm started in the world, but the song certainly introduced quite a few people to the concept of being sarcastic.
My dad is a big fan of westerns. When I was a kid growing up I remember him watching the old time TV shows and movies. I always had a spot in my likeness for western stories. Here is a western set to the tune of a great country music song. The song is about love and all the crazy things that happen to the gunfighter that thinks he can fall in love. When the movie of the same name came out an entire new generation of folks were introduced to Johnny Cash and the famous song from his early days.
I was in college at the time and I remember everybody my age talking about this movie. It was really interesting to see a song that was 50 years old become this favorite song again of something year old kids. It was great and for someone that had been listening to old country songs my entire life I felt like my secret was out.
If pressed to name my favorite country artist I always go with George Jones. There is something about how George approaches singing that gets my attention. There is no other artist that sounds like him or takes on songs like he does. He sings about good timing, sorrow, and all the emotions in between. Just because he still thinks of her all the time she seems to have the crazy idea that he still cares about her.
Patsy Cline was an artist I remember going way back. I used to listen to the classic country station where I grew up. Every weekend the local country station would play classic songs for three hours. Patsy was a regular on the station of course with her best songs. Tell my friends about Myspace? We based it off your Twitter details. Connect me to people I follow on Twitter? If we find matches from the people you follow on Twitter, we'll connect you to them right away.
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