Does WMJX pay Dunkin Donuts to have station on?
Sat May 7 10:16:44 EDT 2011
On 5/6/2011 11:17 AM, Paul Anderson wrote:
> When did music in stores become foreground instead of background? I
remember that Muzak said that if you notice the music when entering a
store, it was too loud. The music was meant to be calming and friendly,
and not noticed.
> Now it seems it's party time at the supermarket and restaurants where
the music (usually some annoying mix of too-poppy or too-loud rock) is
so loud it's distracting.
I can't believe that in my DENTIST OFFICE they have either Kiss 108 or
Mike 93.7 simply BLASTING. Though I may like a lot of the songs, I'm
not sure that the volume level - resembling that of a college keg party
- or a mix of rap, metal, Lady GaGa, etc. is really what you want while
your teeth are being drilled & filled. Somehow I liked the late '50s
dentist office environment of Leroy Anderson "Waltzing Cat" etc. (well
off in the background) better.
And the supermarket: at the Woburn Stop & Shop, the music I prefer
that's rattling around in my head is usually battling with the
(generally newer and - to me - inferior) music on the store speakers:
Shapiro versus Pink, maybe. No wonder if I forget to put something in
the shopping cart. At least the Stop & Shop near Route 28 in South
Yarmouth (more like oldster-land) had the music ratcheted down in
volume last time I was there. A few years back I was in that store and
was quite pleased to hear a mix that was mostly mellow British '60s
including Seekers, Roger Whittaker, etc. But by now I'm sure that
store is likely to be running the same '80s / '90s / '00s mix as the
others. Not necessarily bad (if not at frat-party volume levels) but
maybe classical or Leroy Anderson or Dave Brubeck background music
wouldn't be such a bad thing either.
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