The Day the Music Died: Man Who Selects 311 Hold Muzak Listens to Decent Stuff at Home
|Random dude, possibly subjected to 311 hold music|
On Sunday, when we asked the operator at the 311 information service who was responsible for the positively evil smooth jazz playing on 311, she was unaware.
Yesterday, when we called the number listed on the city's Web page for the Committee on Information Technology, it did not go through -- a dire and ironic development.
And when we asked the Mayor's Office of Communications who picks the city's hold music, we were referred to -- you guessed it -- 311.
Since calling 311 seems to be the modern-day answer to a medieval barber's prescriptions for bleedings, we called again. And this time, some of our questions were answered.
Now, it isn't as though Dyer went out and invested scads of the city's money in Mantovani, Dave Koz, or the anti-Christ himself, Kenny G. He simply signed 311 up for a hold music service with settings such as "classical" or "soft jazz" (and not "suck" or "nauseate," though it may feel that way).
Dyer, ever the good sport, chuckled that SF Weekly was the first caller to ever quiz 311 operators about the music or ask detailed enough questions that the manager had to get involved. When asked what was on his iPod at home, he confessed he doesn't have one -- but the most recent CDs he'd played were by the Eagles, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and the Rolling Stones.
Fair enough. So, Kevin Dyer, if we ever hear the Muzak version of "Satisfaction," "Get Up, Stand Up," or "I Walk the Line" on 311 -- we're going to call you on it.