*I don't think I've posted about this topic. If I have, I hope I say something unique that makes you think, "this rant and tip sounds fresh and new!"*
Music is everywhere, and I can't control it. Lobbies, restaurants, waiting rooms....everywhere, and I can't turn down that bad song, or turn up that really great song. This might just be a hypersensitive guy talking, but sometimes it feels like there's a goal out there to play the 50 Saddest Songs of All Time. "Coming up next at Panera Bread, the top 40 sad songs that'll make you cry." Ahh, please. Is there a solution? Can I have a solution? (I actually have a solution...but I'm creating dramatic tension.)
Well, fortunately, I do have a solution, and I hope it helps you if you're finding yourself, "I get it One Republic. Life has challenges."
Create an audio cocoon. Fight back with your own bubble of awesome!. Whenever I'm at a restaurant, I place my phone down next to the free bread (you don't have free bread at your restaurant? Find a new restaurant! I won't pay for my carbs!). I'm not setting the phone there to prepare for the latest Facebook Snapchat Tweet. No! I'm setting the phone there to prepare for the inevitable Ed Sheeran and Adele. Steel yourself against the onslaught of woe! When you hear the first beats of Coldplay, grab that phone, open up Spotify, Songza, or Amazon Music, and start that emergency playlist of good music.
IN CASE OF DEPRESSING BEATS BREAK GLASS AND HIT PLAY
Break it! And crank up the volume. Crank it up loud enough to battle back the garbage. You've just created a dome of happy at your table. You're sitting, safe and sound....good sounds! Be careful not to turn the volume up too loud. You don't want to disturb the person sitting at the table beside you. They might be enjoying the music over the restaurant sound system (I don't know how they could either. But, it's possible.)
I do this all the time...much to the chagrin and eye roll of whomever I'm sitting with. Well, I might not have the respect of the person I'm sitting across from, but at least I have good music.
P.S. I actually had to listen to other music while linking these songs. I think I might be a little too sensitive
P.P.S. I know you could just buy a pair of headphones, and be less dramatic then my suggestions. But! Think of the person sitting at the table! You still want to have a conversation.
P.P.P.S. They might not want to converse with you anymore though. It's the risk we sound-phobes face everyday!