The Middle of the Road
Dalia commented on my article about Rap which brought to mind how ridged people really are with their musical tastes. There are people that I’ve known that have never let their radio stray from whatever their taste is and I’m amazed that they haven’t become bored with it all.
I am reminded of the decade that I spent working for the US Postal Service. This office had a strange arrangement with the radio. Every day at 5am the radio was tuned to this local station that catered to the senior set. The DJ played the same songs every day at the same times. The news, traffic, weather and commercials ran every day at the same time. The same morning jokes were run every day at the same time. I often wondered if there was actually only one show that was on tape that they reran every day.
Every morning the younger set was allowed to change the station precisely at 7:00am, and one might think that after suffering through the daily repetition and boredom; they would go wild, but no. They choose a station that was every bit as boring and repetitive. Every day at 7:00 it would play the song Monday, Monday; followed by Neil Diamond; followed by Simon and Garfunkle; followed by…
Every once in a while when one of the radio mob was absent I would turn on college radio stations from NYU or Fordham and few people could stand it. It was then that I realized that middle of the road is king in America. So the next time you tune into the Grammy Awards and wonder “WTF?” that is what America is listening to and paying good money to do so. Really, people. Try out something new.