I know this will sound like a PMS-rant... but it's not (I checked the calendar). Tell me... am I heinous and judgemental and nasty?
I've only been in the "real" work force for 6 months (i.e. full time job with benefits and all that jazz). And... I like my job... but the one thing that is driving me nuts... is the music! It's like an unwritten law that all nurses stations must play the blandest, softest, most inoffesive soft rock station available. (Stephen... am I wrong??)
I don't understand how... for six months now, I have had to hear the Fray's "How to save a life" song from Grey's Anatomy at least 4-5 times a night... HOW ARE MY COWORKERS STILL SINGING IT???? How can they not be sick of Sheryl Crow's "Soak up the Sun?" I was sick of it 4 years ago!!! They're even ruining some songs I like, like the acoustic version of "Layla," and "Because the night" (Thank god they're only ruining the 10,000 Maniacs version and not the Patti Smith version, because then there'd really be a problem.)
I'm not asking anyone to like or listen to my obscure indie rock... I'm not forcing L7 or Xavier Rudd on anyone. I don't even expect them to like NIN or the Cure... and they're like, practically not even alternative, y'know? I'm not even foisting popular bands like the Killers or Franz Ferdinand on them... but I mean COME ON! You cannot be serious when you say Hootie and the Blowfish is your favorite band. DEAR GOD, PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS!!!!
But wait, I gotta watch the offesniveness level. I've been chastised for dropping JC's and GD's. Okay, fair enough... even though my inner eyes were rolling, I apologized... I can understand why that might bother someone... but are people seriosuly this inoffensive and bland? Have I shielded myself from reality? Do I read too much Rolling Stone? I mean, I thought I was blase... I was thinking OMG, I am such a loser! I don't even have any Bikini Kill albums! How can I call myself a feminist? But on the outside, my only mildly culturally aware co-worker was saying something to the tune of: "Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda are supposedly starting a radio station together... Who'd want to listen to what two feminists have to say?!?!"
Eh? Please... am I being totally unreasonable? I mean.. I'm not too good for People magazine... I don't constantly look down my nose... I enjoy bubblegum pop culture, I think it's an interesting reflection of our collective cultural viewpoint... and I like it for the shallow voyeuristic reasons, too! I swear it! I just want somebody to care about something, anything(!) besides K-fed and Britney or the last epsiode of Lost. I'd even be happy if someone there liked Emo! C'mon... Emo! I'm not asking for much... or some classic rock? I'm not hard to please... or am I?