From the Barstool of the Publisher – March, 2006

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Close this issue back up and take another look at that cover. While we’re honored to have James Blunt on the cover, that’s not what I’m referring to. Take a look at the little numbers near the top. Do you see it? It reads Vol. 4, as in one, two three, four.

Four is a pretty magical number in music, and in the world.

In music, four is the number of completed, numbered symphonies by Johannes Brahms. There were four Beatles. There are many four string instruments. There’s, of course, 4/4 time. 4 is the name of an album by Foreigner and Four is an album by Blues Traveler.

Elsewhere in the world, four is the smallest composite number, the number of classical elements (earth, air, fire, water), the number of terrestrial (or rocky) planets, the number of suits in a deck of playing cards and the number of horsemen of the Apocalypse (war, famine, plague, death). There are four seasons, four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) and there were four Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve.

There are about a hundred (or should I say, 400) more examples that I could give you, but I guess you’re wondering by now if I’m going anywhere with this. There are, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, four answers to that question: yes, positively, certainly and indubitably.

This issue marks the start of Year Number Four for The Marquee!

It’s a milestone we’re all too proud of. But in the chalkboard, detention-scrawled words of Bart Simpson (who only has four fingers, and no thumb) we “will not celebrate meaningless milestones.” Just know that we couldn’t have made it four years without your help. The Front Range community has embraced us for three complete trips around the sun and we can’t begin to thank you all enough.

It’s been a fantastic ride and we’re not about to stop. This year you’ll be seeing some big things from The Marquee. We’re set up to be sponsors on some of the biggest festivals in the state, including the Plunge Festival, which happens this month in Telluride (see page 22).

We will also launch our message board this month, a chance for y’all to get in contact with one another, look for tapers and traders, view on-line reviews and post your own comments about bands, shows, venues, etc. We hope that you take advantage of it and use it often, and that it maintains a good, positive feel as a music community meeting place. Thank you again for all of the support, encouragement and fun times. We appreciate it.

See you at the shows.

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