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Ethnic Music

October 28, 2008

After a fairly quiet day at work yesterday, I had an elderly woman approach me at the counter from a group that had sat in the far corner of the cafe for the past hour or so.

She quite cheerfully burbled away with praises for our coffee and our food in the manner of happy old ladies and teapots, but she did have one complaint that she wanted to share with me.  Secretively looking about, she gently admonished me for playing “all that ethnic music.”  “People don’t like ethnic music”, she explained, I “…should play some real, American music, like jazz or rock n’ roll.”

I was a little taken aback.  I mean, Motown is hardly ethnic.

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