Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Recession? What recession?

Listen, don't let this turn in the economy get you down. Sure, we've hit some turbulence, and the ride's getting a little bumpy, but as the saying goes, This Too Shall Pass. It's true! Allow me to quote these immortal words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from his first inaugural address 76 years ago, at the height of the Great Depression: "... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance..."

Think about it, it's fear that fuels this recession. People freak out en masse and stop spending. First retailers feel it, then manufacturers, and ultimately everyone's affected in a sort of domino effect. I know there’s a little more to it than that, but hey, I’m a guitar player not an economist. The point is, let’s not panic and make things worse (after all, FEAR Is often little more than False Evidence Appearing Real).

Let’s remember, this is a time for giving, generosity, and good cheer. So here’s hoping, in spite of present circumstances, you all have a happy, joyous holiday season... And of course, I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention the fact that Analog Man’s Guide To Vintage Effects makes the perfect holiday gift for all your musician friends and relations.

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