Pardon us at U.S. 1 if we have been acting a little bit like school kids these days. Reporting for work at a new office really does seem like the first day at a new school. Will we get lost? Will the other kids be nice to us? And — most important — when is lunch?
So we are here, and in the unlikely event you need to visit us in person at the new office or mail something to us, the new address is 15 Princess Road, Suite K, Lawrenceville 08648.
Meanwhile, our reporters have been out visiting you, and the big act in this issue also has that back-to-school feel about — the annual fall arts preview. Thanks to Dan Aubrey, the editor of U.S. 1’s Preview Section, and a cast of writers that includes Simon Saltzman, Elaine Strauss, and Ilene Dube, we present a 15-page section that offers a comprehensive and informed view of the upcoming arts seasons.
We don’t use the word “informed” casually. Strauss has been contributing to U.S. 1 for 22 years, and Saltzman will mark the 20th year of his first submission to this paper in a few months. Dube is a relative newcomer, writing for us for the past five years or so, but before that she was the longtime arts editor for our friendly competitor, the Princeton Packet. We thank them, and all the other U.S. 1 writers, for their contributions as we begin this new season.
To the Editor: Sounds Beautiful
I just read Richard K. Rein’s piece in the August 13 issue on noise and sound, and how our hearing is an underrated sense. It made me recall an article I read some time in the 1980s, when you could buy radios — and even Walkmans — that had TV sound on them. The writer made the point that when he listened to a TV show, he found he didn’t much miss seeing the picture; that is, the dialogue, music, and sound effects gave him most of the information he needed to enjoy the show.
I remember there was a blind guy at the college where I went, and he would attend weekly movies with everyone else. A friend would occasionally whisper to him some important visual plot points, but he was able to enjoy the movie despite the fact that he could barely see anything.
And I have known about blind musicians (e.g., George Shearing) who have said that they don’t feel they’ve missed out on too much by not being able to see. They know that being able to hear and enjoy music as well as the other sounds around us makes for a pretty full life. Obviously, being able to see and hear is wonderful, but hearing, it seems to me, does trump seeing in terms of the amount of information we get from either.
The writer is a school band director in Sunderland, MA, who makes occasional visits to central New Jersey to visit his family. “I enjoy reading U.S. 1 when I’m here,” he writes.