Forced listening. It is all around us. First, it was elevator music. I remember humming, Do You Know the Way to San Jose? for weeks after getting off of an elevator one time. I would rather listen to the grinding noise of the cables, pulling up the precariously hung ancient Otis elevator than some of the music they make us listen to.
And then there is the ever present telephone prompt waiting. I know why they put terrible music on the telephone while you wait to talk to someone about your new laptop’s green screen. They want you to get soo sick of listening to depressing, cobwebs- growing -on -you music , so that you just get mad and hang up. You’d rather live with the pukey green screen than listen to 45 minutes of Lawrence Welk music.
And then we come to the Weather Channel. First of all, you have to understand that I am the local self-proclaimed weather person on Facebook. I give the ~Weather Dork Report~ for my friends, as I always have the Weather Channel on in the background. I love the weather. But, I just have one bit of advice for the those wonderful predictors of the weather….
For example. I think that if it is going to be a beautiful, sunny day, they should play songs like, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” or a Disney happy tune, like Zip E Dee Do Da or however you spell it.
When a horrible storm is nearing, play music from Jaws. Wouldn’t it be fun to hear this music when a straight line thunderstorm is approaching:
You could sit on your couch, turned around, with your knees on the cushions, and your elbows on the back of the couch, watching out your picture window, bowl of popcorn nearby. You know the storm is getting closer, because the music is getting louder and faster. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
And of course, who couldn’t resist a little Flight of The Bumblebee when a blizzard is knocking on your door?
I guess I could go on and on with musical selections that match the weather. There are different kinds of genre to choose from. Or music with “weather” in the title:
You are The Sunshine of My Life- Stevie Wonder
Who’ll Stop the Rain-Creedence Clearwater Revival
Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
Sunshine on My Shoulders-John Denver
Singin in the Rain- Gene Kelly
Riders on the Storm- The Doors
Please Don’t Stop the Rain- James Morrison
November Rain-Guns n Roses
I Love a Rainy Night- Eddie Rabbitt
Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
Good Day Sunshine- The Beatles
Ain’t No Sunshine- Bill Withers
Against the Wind- Bob Seger
Ride Like the Wind-Christopher Cross
Buckets of Rain- Bob Dylan (Thanks Pat!)
You are My Sunshine (Thanks Pat!)
I guess I could go on and on. I don’t know. I just think I have something here.
In the end, we will have weather.
Rain will come.
It will be miserably hot.
We will carve pumpkins.
And then hit people in the head with snowballs.
Might as well set the mood with music.