*there’s a woman that you ought to know
and she’s coming, singing soft and low
singing rock & roll, she’s a joy to know
‘neath the shadow of a soothing hand
i am free there
just to make my plans
in publishing, nostalgia is practically a self-indulgent luxury. but when an anniversary rolls around, like this one, our 8th, we can’t help but take in the guilty pleasure of a little romanticizing. looking back is just not something we get to do a lot of—everything is about the deadline, the future, the next issue. the conversation i had before i sat down to type this was about september 2014 (it’s barely june 2013). nostalgia is an elusive mythical creature in these parts—practically a chimera, too dangerous to pursue. sure we analyze, review, reflect and critique ourselves, always asking “what could we have done better? why did this work? why didn’t that?” but to actually reminisce, to savor the moment and cherish the successes, well, who the hell has any time for that?
i started thinking about this after my visit with matt satz, one of the painters featured in this year’s 9 in art. matt talks about wanting to make work that contributes to something larger than his own needs, about not making ego-driven art. it’s a pretty condensed idea of what drives many professionals, artists or not, and all of us here at hq. louise p. sloane, also part of the segment, talks about finding her voice, what doug reina calls “being awesome” and what is characterized by anne seelbach’s contemplative works about moments in time. each year i enjoy the double pleasure of our july/august double issue because it’s not only our anniversary edition, but because it’s our art & music issue. the theme, so much a part of our dna it is the motivator/springboard/muse for everything we do. it is present in every issue with coverage of these areas, but it takes a much fuller command of the issue for these months. it is also the time i get to run around and visit with artists to compile our annual list of the island’s most important. throughout the year gallerists, curators and friends nominate creatives who should be distinguished in this segment and every year we are blown away by the burgeoning number of artists who continue to push our society with their particular testimonials. it’s a serious enterprise, and maybe i take it on for as many selfish reasons as i do professional ones (that’s a two-cocktail conversation), but it’s also kind of a reset button for me.
over its eight years of breath this magazine has done a lot of the above. stories that were socially important or newsworthy have resided on our pages just as comfortably as the more whimsical, slice of life vignettes, fashion and lifestyles components. always, our writers have torn themselves open finding the words (and when they didn’t the editors reached in for them). and always, the contributions of our photographers have brought the words to life. larger than life, in fact. between the two, our advertising executives have developed a network of partners who both contribute to and sponsor the dialogue. and our own artists—designers, illustrators, brand ambassadors, administrators and everyone in between—put it all together.
this issue is a robust composite of all of that. it’s the payoff of all-nighters, spirited debates, creativity, love and music (always the music). just like the mission of our magazine. and, perhaps most importantly, it’s got the vital turning-upside down, laughing, exploring and shamelessness that i was reminded of when talking to sydney albertini (also one of our 9 in art).
you’ve got 244 pages of life and depth and soul in your hands, i’ll let you get to them.
*dream of faraway lands, anything close at hand,
*“rock & roll woman,” by buffalo springfield, in honor of our interview with stephen stills
Photo by Lynn Spinnato, Sunrise at The Sound