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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Willi Studer


Thanking this Man dearly 🥇🎶🥇

Fibonacci’s speaker


A Pink Moon tale


Nick Drake’s Pink Moon is - for yours truly and countless others - a Desert Island disc, music which soothes soul, a world of beauty and perfection.

A few days ago I was visiting a cool studio in the countryside near Garda lake, between Milan and Verona and after appreciating the landscape, I was inside the control-room where a majestic, imposing SSL 72 channel mixer was towering… a Studer 810 and an MCI JH110 master-tapes machines weren’t there as relics but on daily use 🥇

I was chatting with Stefano Castagna, the landlord and owner of the superb Studio and after talking about our common passion, aehm, more : obsession 😏 about analog recording, he proudly showed some recent productions: a double reel-to-reel box of Tony Levin’s Stickmen and other elegant jazz productions… on cassette!!! 

Chatting, chatting… Stefano showed to me a Joe Boyd-signed book, the White Bicycles autobiography and… well, the highlight of the day, a cool story I’ll be sharing about our beloved Pink Moon.

A few years ago, Stefano found on eBay a collection of matchboxes about conquest of space by Americans’ Apollo and Russians’ Soyuz.

The small boxes,  bought in Sardinia, arrived but - Stefano remembers - looked quite humble and unassuming and remained in a closet for a while.

One day, while listening to Nick Drake’s masterpiece and handling Pink Moon’s cover like several times before, something clicked in Stefano’s mind: he recollected the matchboxes collection and, after carefully checking all the drawings on them, he recognized the familiar subject!

One of these matchboxes was used on Pink Moon cover artwork, a collage suggestion to recent (at Pink Moon’s release) Moon landing.

From this sort of gestalt matchboxes purchase to being carefully and fondly framed to be appreciated on a studio wall, the matchboxes are still there… for us, lunatics and lovers of chance and Nick Drake’s music and world.

Thanks to Stefano for the nice, nice afternoon at his premium studio 🥇🥂🥇🙏🙏🙏🎶🎶🎶

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When I’m 64 😱


📊📈📉📊📈📉 An extensive study in the U.S.A found that the most productive age in human life is between 60-70 years of age.

 The 2nd.  most productive stage of the human being is from 70 to 80 years of age.

 The 3rd.  most productive stage is from 50 to 60 years of age.

 The average age of NOBEL PRIZE winners is 62 years old.

 The average age of the presidents of prominent companies in the world is 63 years.

 The average age of the pastors of the 100 largest churches in the U.S.A. is 71.

 The average age of the Popes is 76 years.

 This tells us in a way that it has been determined, that the best years of your life are between 60 and 80 years.

 A study published in NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE found that at age 60, you reach the TOP of your potential and this continues into your 80s.

 Therefore, if you are between 60 -70 or 70-80 you are in the BEST and 2nd.  level of your life.

 SOURCE: N.Engl.J .Med.  70,389 (2018) ..

 😉I send you this information so that you can re-think when you say that you are old 😊

 ..... friends, this walk called life is just beginning 🥳

… or so 😏