Day 129-- Dear Sirius Satellite Radio

Thanks for providing sporadic satellite radio for our coffee shop, since sporadic satellite radio is better than no radio at all. (And besides, we coffee shop types can't predict when a gust of wind blows a kite into the path of your satellite beam, or when a kitten makes a tree branch droop right into the radio wave pathway.)

I would like to comment on some of the artists you play. I've noticed that on the "Coffee House" station, which we play in our coffee house (a shoe-in, you'd think), you play many songs by the following artists:

David Gray
Norah Jones
Neil Young
Josh Rouse
Ron Sexsmith
Damien Rice
Elton John (only between 5 and 9 p.m., though)
Peter Frampton

David Gray is a good one to play. Thank you. Norah Jones is also a good artist, and I don't get sick of her voice. And you can't go wrong with Neil Young. And Josh Rouse and Ron Sexsmith need more exposure, and if our coffee shop can do so, great! Damien Rice is also good (though you should play "Eskimo" please thank you bye). But stop the Elton John, and hit me with all of the Peter Frampton you have. Acoustic versions of "Show Me the Way" make me want to jump up and make awesome drinks; "Candle in the Wind" makes me want to commit arson.

And note, XTC's "Dear God" is definitely not the first thing that jumps to my head when I think of "great songs to play in a coffee house."

posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 1/13/2007 12:53:00 AM,

5 Comments:

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Once I was at Kolache and Journey's "Separate Ways" came on... and then the next day "The Final Countdown" came on... now that's what I call coffee shop music.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger lucas said...

jason,

i would think a soul such as yours who understands the value of a great mix tape would have already compiled 10-15 coffee house mix tapes, thereby ensuring the above problem never occurs

or maybe just iTunes on shuffle...

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Jason said...

A soul such as myself is also aware of the fines involved in FCC copyright violations.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger lucas said...

Fairness in Music Licensing Act of 1998

i believe (but haven't read the whole thing) there's an exemption for,

"...in the case of a food service or drinking establishment, either the establishment in which the
communication occurs has less than 3,750 gross square feet of space (excluding space used for customer parking and for no other purpose), or the establishment in which the communication occurs has 3,750 gross square feet of space or more (excluding space used for customer parking and for no other purpose)..."

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Still, I would watch out... Cafe Kolache is about as big as BFCaT (as if Mario's Woodfired Pizza next door to Kolache) and they both got in trouble with the RIAA and FCC for playing CDs without paying royalties.

"Inspectors" from these places will visit businesses randomly to see what kind of music they are playing... and if its a CD or something, they'll fine you. It happened to alot of Beaver County businesses about a year ago.

 

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