Don’t Play That Song! QUESTIONS


A couple work moves ago, my fellow librarians at the time developed rules about what we could and could not play around each other. This was one librarian’s list:

Music I never want to hear again as long as I live
Celine Dion
Brian Setzer
Mariah Carey
Bob Dylan
Sheryl Crow
BROOOOOOOOOOCE
(Southside Johnny, too, while we’re in Joisey)
Air Supply

Another list:
Joni
Janis Joplin
Liza Minelli can be tough
no Cher in the house (not that there’s ever been any)
and, in deference to your favorite band, absolutely no Klaatu

List #3:
Neil Young
Willie Nelson

My list? Nothing. There were no artists that I couldn’t have taken, at least now and then. There is some atonal John Coltrane I can’t listen to for very long, but none of these folks had any. (For that matter, I don’t think we had any Celine Dion, either).

Whereas, there were people we could play that no one would object to:
Lyle Lovett, the Beatles, and Bonnie Raitt immediately come to mind.

So my question: in your house, in your workplace or in your car: when you hear what songs, or artists, do you change the station or scream, “Turn that thing OFF!”? What songs, or artists, are almost always acceptable to a cross section of your family or colleagues? Julie Hembeck, please answer this query.
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TV Land has been doing a series of Top 10 lists, most of which I’ve ignored. But for some reason, I did watch Top 10 Musical Moments on TV this past Wednesday. A rather predictable list; the vague “MTV Unplugged begins” wouldn’t have made my list, though Nirvana on Unplugged, a “bubbling under” choice, might have. And the ONLY value of actually watching the thing, rather than just getting the list from the site is this little tidbit, about the guest on the Smothers Brothers show who passed out into Mickey Rooney’s arms during the Who’s explosive performance. (It was Bette Davis, and she did perform on the show.) Moreover, the irritating thing about the program is that the 10 p.m. EDT show actually began at 10:04:30; I find that be generally true of that network at night, so if you’re TiVoing, you may want to record the next show as well.
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LIBRARIANS IN THE MOVIES: An Annotated Filmography.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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