"After the suffering of decades of violence and oppression, the human soul longs for things higher, warmer, and purer than those offered by today’s mass living habits, introduced as by a calling card by the revolting invasion of commercial advertising, by TV stupor, and by intolerable music."--Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, A World Torn Apart, Commencement Address Delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.
For every good popular song, there must be at least a hundred that are just noise-making for money. I can't go anywhere without hearing the most god-awful yowling on loudspeakers, and they even play a special kind of trashy music on the telephone while they've got you on hold (maybe to force you to hang up?). Peace and quiet are more beautiful than most of the music I hear in public places.