Prescriptions and Atmospherics

Brent Ledger, a columnist for Xtra! in the January 31, 2008, edition tackles the topic of “musical monotony” and the setting of tone.

Music in a bar is not exactly the same as music at home or in the concert hall. It’s more of a psychic suggestion than an aesthetic experience. It’s the fourth wall of the bar, providing emotional hints on how you’re supposed to behave.

He goes on to conclude the article on a consideration the times where you don’t want to simply have fun and indulge in upbeat music.

But some days you want to slouch and some days you want to grouch and sometimes you want to slink, slowly, through the nighttime streets. the music ought to reflect that.

And some days …

And so for day 413

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