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Archive: 13 October 2003

Musical Merriment

I often wonder how much effort goes into picking the music played in public spaces.  Do the people who assemble these societal soundtracks just pick their favorites, or a random assortment of whatever they can find, or is there an enormous amount of thought and effort and psychological analysis put into the selection?

And if there is, in fact, a lot of thought put into the process, then who in the name of Bob thought it was a good idea to have the song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” played through the speakers at the Cleveland airport?  And then, half an hour later, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”—on a Sunday?

I thought it was hilarious, but there are those who are already so stressed about flying that they’d probably verge on having a coronary.

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