Heal Toe Dosey Doe, Boot Scoot'n boogie was
blaring, I was on the interstate, zoned out
and singing my ass off.
I caught a glimpse of a blueish light in my side
mirror and did a double take.
Yup, I was being pulled over. Crap! I
quickly turned off the radio and made my
way to the edge of the road.
I didn't realize it but my happy foot is
much heavier when I'm happy and so according
to this very stern highway patrolman, I was
doing 14 over the speed limit.
That immediately took the hitch out of my
I explained in the softest tone that I don't
speed and that I had let emotions get the
better of me while listening to music.
He half-smiled, asked from my license, registration
and proof of insurance.
Returning to my car after what I assume was
to run my info, he told me to watch my speed
and he let me go with a warning.
Ever notice when you watch a show or movie,
how they manipulate our emotions with
Movie producers have mastered the technique.
At a hot dog cart, music can go along ways in
creating the right mood. Not blaring, but
just enough you can still talk without a
Some vendors create a playlist and run it
through some speakers on an Mp3 player.
From Ron (he writes in response to the email I sent out about music)
Very true, Ben!
I use a system from a home computer. The two stereo satellite speakers are mounted behind roof brackets and the subwoofer is underneath in one of the cabinets. A wire comes into an area on the service side and plugs into an iPod with a mix of upbeat tropical music for my regular spot. For private events, I can plug the customer's playlists in to suit the occasion with whatever they like. It's a little extra touch that no one expects.
The whole thing takes up very little space and sounds as good as just about any home system. It's one of those things that you don't consciously pick up on but makes a big difference subconsciously.
I work a late night spot and I can't imagine not having it. A friendly greeting: “Hey, how ya doin'?” with some upbeat background music going on beats the hell out of a customer walking up in dead silence. I'm sure we've all been to one of those ‘parties' like that when as soon as you walk in the door, you can't wait to get the hell out. It's the same thing. It doesn't take much to create the right atmosphere but can make a huge difference.