From the President
By Rick Tate
We had a large barn in the country where my Dad could work on any of the twelve vehicles when he needed. He was a great farmer, plumber, and mechanic because he had to be.
I remember on a few occasions my Dad would need assistance from a young boy while he worked on different cars, trucks, or tractors to pump the brakes, adjust the timing belt, or find a lost nut or wrench. He had this unusual ability to listen to a motor and know what sound was missing or what extra sound was there that did not belong, he just knew.
At our open mics, several of our members have an incredible experience. They know which string is out of tune when someone plays their guitar. They know which voice needs more highs, lows, or mids for better sound. They know if it is part of the room noise or the equipment. They can hear things most performers cannot hear. They just know.
Last week I had a rare day off. I sat on my front porch drinking my morning cup of coffee, taking in the beautiful morning. Suddenly, I noticed all of the sounds drifting in and out of my hearing range. I recognized the different bird songs singing, the lawnmower in the distance, and ever so lightly, a marching band practicing, especially the drums.
Then the breeze started blowing and more and different sounds flooded my hearing, neighbors laughing, a dog barking, a helicopter approaching, cars on the hi-way, even a train miles away. All these sounds were always there but seldom noticed by an untrained ear in our busy life. Unless you have a trained ear and can focus, sounds become insignificant.
Now I can recognize the song the marching band is playing: Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah Hey Hey Hey Good Bye….I hear birds that I haven’t heard in a long time, now a Woodpecker. Well, my coffee is getting cold, time to get going. Have a great day enjoying whichever sounds you choose.
Rick Tate - President FWSA