From the home page: One look at our site will tell you that
we at BFS aren't real big on fancy surroundings and artsy looking pages.
Excerpted from here,the following is one of the most sensible
commentaries I've encountered in a very long time:
Listen to live, unamplified music
sometimes. Buy a used guitar at a pawn shop and strum it gently while it sits on
your leg - even if you canít play a note. Listen to a real piano, one not amplified.
Take the sounds you hear and burn them into your mind. Start to appreciate the reality
of music by hearing it as played live by others in settings that do not require amplification.
Or, simply buy yourself a guitar, or a drum, a lute, a recorder, anything at all
.... play with it and listen with your mind. And once you do this for a while, the
sound of unamplified, live music will make a place in your mind and whenever you
hear it, even at a great distance in a busy place, youíll instantly know it is live
and real. You will gravitate toward it and it will become your standard. And when
you then listen to recorded music (if you still want to), you will automatically
know, without hesitation, how that recording is true to the original sound and how
it differs. Your mind will know whatís real and whatís not.
Itís my strong conviction that people who prefer colorations to the truth donít listen
to enough live music. They may hear live music everyday, maybe they work with it;
but they arenít hearing, or listening to it. It isnít burned in upon their brains.
Their world is one filled with stylized sound, sound that exists no where except
in their heads. Which as I said is alright, but donít use it to try to judge the
works of others - because you canít.