Here in Hostelle we always have a music channel playing. My shift just wouldn’t be the same without some music playing in the background. Especially when it is early in the morning I like to listen to something. Personally I don’t like to listen to a movie. Not because I don’t like the movie (although most of the times I actually don’t like the movie), but because it is distracting. I like to read books behind the desk and for some reason it’s hard for me to really get into the story when there is a movie playing in the background. I guess I’m inclined to listen to the dialogue and I’ll lose my concentration.
In the good, old days when Hostelle just opened, I listened to the radio. We had a lot of options to choose from and yet I always picked the 60’s & 70’s music station and later on I switched to the 80’s & 90’s music station. The last one was my personal favourite. What shall I say, I love 80’s music!
At the moment we mostly play two channels: Lite TV and VH1 Classics. My personal favourite is VH1 Classics. I like their programming. They change the decade of the music very frequently. We are the 80’s and Smells like the 90’s are examples. Most of the time they play All time hits which is a mixture of different decades. Not long ago they added music from in between 2000 and 2010. I guess those counts as classic nowadays, which makes me feel old.
Lite TV mixes old and new music, which of course is a nice change. Not everyone likes old songs and I don’t like the new songs, so this channel will keep everyone happy. It also mixes well known American and British music with Dutch music. But the reason why I don’t play this channel often is because they repeat the same songs a lot. Especially if a song is really popular you can expect it every hour. Believe it or not, but when I first heard ‘Blurred Lines’ on that channel (I hadn’t heard it before) I really liked the song. Since they overplayed it, it had gotten old quickly. And I don’t know if they still do this, but they used to play YouTube videos of people covering a popular song. The worst one that still haunts my mind, was of a man and his daughter(?) and they were singing ‘Rolling in the deep’ by Adele. Most people thought the girl was cute, but she butchered the song by yelling the chorus. Kids, am I right?!
Like I said I love 80’s music and lucky for me they play some of my favourite 80’s songs regularly. I love David Bowie and they play him very often. Although I would appreciate more ‘China girl’ and less ‘Dancing in the street’. ’Alone’ by Heart is played almost every day but that song never gets old. Besides great songs the 80’s also brought us some weird music videos. Did you ever see the video for ‘Total eclipse of the heart’? Well if you didn’t go check it out on YouTube and be mesmerized. One of my favourite lame videos with a cheesy song is ‘You spin me round (like a record)’. Yup, that’s the 80’s for you.
I personally enjoy this kind of music, but I can understand that someone else does not. To each his/her own. If someone wants to listen to MTV I really wouldn’t mind. Yes, we actually have a MTV channel that still plays music. Hooray digital television! Especially when I’m reading I’m good as long as it’s music and not a movie. And movie musicals don’t count!