>... his notion that the only thing attempting to redress this
>hostility is Classic FM strikes me as, well, misguided. Classic FM
>*makes* me feel hostile.
I sat in my car cursing when Barber's "Adagio for Strings" was played
by our station a few months ago. I felt a bit violent, I admit. Not
because it gave me images from Platoon, but because it had been played
the previous day! And the previous week. ETC! When I got home I wrote
a quick note to one of the CM guys at the station, a nice chap who doesn't
deserve my invective, but he wants to know how his listeners feel, so I
told him. I didn't get (and didn't rate) a reply. But a few days later
they played it again. I cursed and seethed. When the song was over,
he gave the credits, "That was Adagio for Strings by ...." I thought,
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know, we know!" He continued, "That was requested
by a listener at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center..."
Oy veh! How do you turn down a request like that? The image of the
poor dying patients wanting to hear the Adagio one last time! Yeah,
right - it was probably somebody in an office who requested it, anyway.
Or maybe a nice nurse thought it would soothe a patient in pain. No
doubt it did, probably killing them if the were tuned to that station
I'm sorry, it's a lovely piece. Or at least I once thought so. It is
now CM's "Stairway to Heaven".