The Magnificent Conservatism of the Jukebox

The jukebox at the bar around the corner from my house plays Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, Etta James’ “At Last”, and miscellaneous Johnny Cash.  I’m not one to buck this trend.  A typical three song selection from me: “Down by the Seaside”, Ray Charles’ version of “Lucky Old Sun”, and “Beast of Burden.”  The bar and its surrounding neighborhood skew young and presumably musically adventurous, and yet on average the songs are older by the patrons by at least a decade.  This backward-looking form of pleasure is what people choose to trade directly for a dollar when no one is looking.  It is what is in their heart of hearts.

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