My taste is very eclectic. I like everything from jazz to classical to disco and funk.
I love sharing music too, especially with my six-year-old daughter. I am extremely thankful that she likes 99% of the music I like, so long road trips are always enjoyable. She really likes my disco, which is great because uptempo music helps to keep me alert.
One thing I don’t do is force my music onto others. It’s just not right. It’s rude, obnoxious and a weak attempt at getting strangers to like you. I am referring to those who blast heavy metal from their hi-powered car stereos in the middle of the night. I am talking about those who annoy everyone on the subway with their amazingly loud cell phones that double as MP3 players.
And, of course, I am referring to those bloggers who have autoplay music installed on their blogs.
You know, when I was a kid living in NYC, I used to love hearing music blaring from boomboxes as I moved around town playing classic video games and searching for the best slice of pizza. NY was cool back then, and the local radio stations had excellent DJs spinning great tunes all day and night. It was cool because that was 1979, 80 and 81, and I was a preteen. Besides, you can’t break dance without a ghettoblaster, right? New York was suffering from the ill effects of stagflation in the late seventies and early eighties. Loud dance music on the street was acceptable to many, in my opinion, because it kept energetic kids dancing and making some honest money, instead of getting into trouble with the law.
I got my own boombox in 1981, but I never carried it about on the street. Even as a kid, I knew how obnoxious it was (OK, I confess: the fact that I was very skinny back then had something to do with it too since I was an easy target for muggers.)
So, to all those who have autoplay music installed on your blog(s), I entreat you: please, stop the music. You are ruining your blog with those autoplay MP3 player apps. You are causing me to have a heart attack every time I stop by your site and just happen to have my volume turned up. You are making me old and gray with the stress. You don’t have to autoplay your music. Just let us play it if we’re interested. Is that too much to ask?
Oh, and if you think I’m the only one who feels this way, wait until you see the comments, which I am quite certain will be added in short order!