Tuesday, May 08, 2007

nothing gets by me, ever

Unites Airlines chose a snippet of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue as their theme music, for obvious reasons*. It plays several times on every flight.

A version of it also seems to be playing in the tunnel between the B and C concourses at Chicago's Ohare airport**. I'm not sure if that's coincidence or not -- did United pay the airport to play it, or did they pick it independently? These are important questions.

But my point, which I do have, is that it's possible to be intimately familiar with United's theme music, to the point where you find it quite irritating, and not be aware that it's the famous Rhapsody in Blue. You could, for example, be 42 years old and hear your daughter playing it on the piano and think "How cute, she's picked out the melody to that United Airlines song" and then have to have her explain that it's actually a major composition whose name you know, but because you're such a Philistine, you've never actually listened to.

I'm not necessarily saying this happened, but I'm not saying it didn't, either. I'm just saying it could.


*because it sounds like being happy in the sky. and because Smoke on the Water doesn't really set the proper mood for nervous travelers...

**why is Ohare's airport code ORD? that makes no sense to me...

4 Comments:

At Tue May 08, 05:52:00 AM PDT, Blogger heatherfeather said...

o'hare's airport code ORD is derived from the previous name for the airport - ORchard place/Douglas field.

randomly, louis armstrong international airport is MSY because it used to be moisant field. that doesn't essplain the Y but it explains the MS part.

(rhapsody in blue used to be one of my favorite songs... the sheet music for it is daunting, however)

 
At Tue May 08, 07:50:00 AM PDT, Blogger Irma said...

off to work with a smile, appreciating just how very astute you are!

a friend played that piece for her senior recital in college. It now grates on my nerves....

 
At Tue May 08, 10:35:00 AM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

hf, thx for the lesson. makes a lot more sense now. PS. hope you're continuing to enjoy your DC adventure (get it, like the comics...). anyway, i've been checking out your blog lately, but sometimes get snarled up in all the yarn and forget to comment...

irma, yes, Astute is my middle name. either that or Obtuse, i keep forgetting.

 
At Wed May 09, 06:52:00 PM PDT, Blogger si said...

this applies to many songs, classical to bob seger -- the commercialism "ruins" the original impact and meaning. imo.

and i'm thinking you ARE the philistine in the scenario (being as you're 42 and have a daughter that plays the piano [can imagine the comment coming from you...]. you have always readily admitted to being very unaware of the music world. i think in this case, however, you could just say you're too young to know the distinction)!

:-)

 

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