At work on Friday, I suddenly became aware that I was quietly humming the guitar solo from "More Than a Feeling" by Boston. It's an excellent song, so its presence on my internal jukebox was hardly unwelcome. And as I listen to it often, nor was it completely a surprise. In fact, it's in my head fairly often. It's a magnificent record. Two minutes after realising it was there though, walking back to my desk, I understood exactly how it had got in there: it was playing over the PA system in reception and was still playing as I retraced my steps. It's that kind of a song.... it seems to have a guitar solo that goes on forever and I'm still sorry when it's over. Anyway. I must have heard the beginning as I walked down the office and was heading back early enough to catch the end. I nodded my head appreciatively and carried on with my day.
I think that the music they play in our reception is carefully calibrated so as to be as inoffensive as possible, so I was quite pleased to actually hear something that I genuinely love. They've been making a bit of a habit of it lately, now that I think about it, and over the course of the last few weeks I can recall hearing songs by the likes of The Cure, James, The Stone Roses and The Las. In every case it was one of the best known songs by the band: "Just Like Heaven", "Sit Down", "Ten Storey Love Song" and "There She Goes", probably. But still, not bad. Maybe the company have hired a new company to put these things together and they've got an entirely different - i.e. better - taste in music?
Given that the alternative theory is that I have now reached an age where the Venn Diagram of my music taste is increasingly converging with the looming circle of the "Inoffensive" genre.... I've not quite heard "Killing in the Name" on there yet, but perhaps it's only a matter of time?
As I was dashing out of the office this evening, I was absolutely delighted to hear the soothing strains of "Africa" by Toto.... another of my all-time favourite records of all-time. Not enough to greatly delay my exit from the building, but enough to send me on my way with another very pleasing earworm.
I'm telling you, if I don't hear "Keep On Loving You" by R.E.O. Speedwagon tomorrow then I'm going to be *very* disappointed. Something by Heart, perhaps? "Alone" would be nice, wouldn't it? Who doesn't like a bit of Heart now and again, eh?
It's MOR/AOR heaven in our reception, I tell you.
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