“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak might be thinking up something else.”
I have a women’s quote book called Women’s Lip: Outrageous, irreverent and just plain hilarious quotes. Some of them are not appropriate even for this RADiCAL Blog. Some aren’t appropriate for other reasons. But the Lily Tomlin quote made me think about the fact that MUSAK was designed to not offend anybody. It was supposed to be noncommittal, non-threatening, sort of white noise. Just something to take up space inoffensively. I don’t want music like that. I DON’T WANT A LIFE LIKE THAT! I want both music and a life that is “loud and proud!” Whatever you decide to do today, do it with your whole self. Turn up your radio or CD player louder than usual and get the beat as you go around the house or run errands. Let the neighbors wonder what you’re up to. Let the dog perk up her ears to try to figure out what you’re doing. At work, take a power walk around the block at lunchtime and listen to Lose Yourself by Eminem or Fury of the Storm by Dragon Force or Eye of the Tiger. Get pumped about something! Go out on a limb with a wild idea! Stretch yourself! Be bold and unafraid! Today, whatever you’re doing in the hours of this day, do it with gusto and great joy. Then when you’re finished, sit down and have a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich and love every calorie-laden delicious bite of it! No Muzak today! Life’s too short to be invisible. Make a difference.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart …”