Shoot the piano player
Lynn sent me the following e-mail on a subject I know nothing about, but would like to learn more: background music in restaurants. I'm sort of on the fence about the whole thing. If it's a really serious restaurant, it always strikes me as odd to have any music playing, I'm not sure why.
If it's a really loud restaurant anyway, background music just makes everyone talk louder to be heard over it, and you can't hear it anyway.
But if it's the right music for the right restaurant, it's great.
Here's her e-mail: ...
I was wondering if you knew how restaurants pick the background music in their dining areas? We went to Junior's Wine Bar in Federal Hill for dinner on Saturday night and the background soundtrack was really distracting and seemingly out of character. Not wanting to offend anyone who enjoys Air Supply and REO Speedwagon, but I could think of many other types of music that would blend nicely into the background and the atmosphere. Is it because REO Speedwagon comes at a cheaper price than jazz music or something along those lines? If nothing else, commenting on the choice of music resulted in some amusing dinner conversation.
(Elizabeth Malby/Sun photographer)