Friday, April 21, 2006

When the music is better than the food ...

On a recent flight, I again discovered that airlines -- while cutting costs on many areas -- somehow have managed to get a lot hipper in their music selections. It wasn't that long again that airline music was unlistenable.

But Song's low-cost flights, being closed by Delta unfortunately, would let the listener construct personalized MP3 song lists from a series of CDs.

And cruising through the many channels available on our Air France flight, I found Teddy Thompson (Richard's son), Cat Power (a.k.a. Chan Marshall), Rosanne Cash, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, blueswoman Marva Wright and James Blunt (OK, so that's not so hard, but it was the harsh, anti-war "No Bravery," not just "You're Beautiful").

Not to mention a host of acts I had never heard of: The Greenhornes? The High Dials? I've since discovered that The Greenhornes had a song in the Bill Murray movie, "Broken Flowers," and opened a bunch of dates for The White Stripes. Shows how much I know.

So, next time you need a new music fix, you might just have to take to the air ... although I'm pretty sure Mick Jagger would be dismayed to find his "Sweet Thing" listed on the Easy Listening channel.

- Michael K.

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