Hyperion Records

I wrote to Hyperion Records today. I’ve meant to do this for a very long time:

From: Rick Pali <rpali@alienshore.com>
To: info@hyperion-records.co.uk
Subject: Customer feedback
Date: May 29, 2015 at 2:18:40 PM EDT

I just wanted to write to tell you that I enjoy not only the music you offer to the public, but your customer service. Good service is so incredibly rare that I have to comment on it.

For example, with record companies locking down everything in sight, you still offer PDF downloads of CD booklets for all of your releases from your site. One doesn’t even have to register! I really appreciate being able to look at the booklet before buying, and if I choose to buy the CD, I can rip it and download the booklet to appear alongside the files.

I also appreciate your archive service. That you offer downloads of out-of-print titles, or you will burn me a CD-R copy for a reasonable price, is something that speaks very highly of your being willing to treat your customers as you’d wish to be treated in their place.

I’ve never used the archive service, but I appreciate your taking an extra step to make it available. I take advantage of the booklet downloads all the time.

The music is the main reason, but these extra services put you a step above. Thank you!


See? I don’t write to companies only when things go wrong. It’s just unfortunate that things so seldom go right. When they do however, I believe it’s important to say so.

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Happiness versus age

I had CBC Radio One playing for most of the day, Saturday. In a WireTap episode called “How to Age Gracefully,” host Jonathan Goldstein talked about getting older.

Goldstein interviewed Rob Trucks, and Rob said,

There have been several studies that suggest happiness over the course of a lifetime is a U-shaped curve, and the lowest point of happiness is 45 to 49.

This immediately brightened my day and I really hope he’s right. I can’t imagine another 30 years of feeling the way I do now.

Wiretap graphic ©2014 CBC

That moment

You know that moment in movies? The moment when the sound of the voices and bustle slowly fade away. Once the cacophony is almost gone, the piano starts, gentle and slow at first. Then whatever pivotal event is coming, finally arrives and the music swells.

It doesn’t happen that same way in real life, but it’s close. The sounds around us do fade away, though not totally. Music doesn’t start, but we feel something inside ourselves and time slows down. The way the movies portray the situation is a good representation of the feelings, if not every literal detail.

It could be almost anything that the events build toward. It could change the world, but it doesn’t have to be that big. The only real requirement is that it change your world.

Do you remember the last time it happened to you?