Most stores have muzak in the background. A friend of your humble Texas Snax blogger once defined muzak as "music that doesn't offend anyone." She got it right. Sometimes it may even be some really racy pop song that ticked parents off about how their kids would listen to it and then do something like stay out too late, but a few years later, said song is just background noise that thanks to time is no longer offensive.
Yours truly worked retail as a teenager and college student and sometimes would want to rip his ears out after hearing the same song another time during a shift. Muzak has its place -- I guess -- and our sincerest sympathies go out to all y'all retail workers who are subjected to it regularly. We truly appreciate your sacrifice for the rest of us.
Fortunately, the employees of the Olmos Park H-E-B north of San Antonio have a groovy playlist to work to. "This is what they call the jamming H-E-B Olmos Park -- the great number eight," store manager Thomas Dunnam told reporter Marvin Hurst of San Antonio's channel 5 Tegna owned CBS affiliate KENS.
Dunnam further explained that, "Our music here is what's called the seventies hits."
Customers notice and appreciate the mix that includes legendary acts like: K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Hall & Oates, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Chi-Lites, Michael Jackson, and Rick James. Now, that's a store I want to visit.
San Antonio Express-News columnist Cary Clack digs the jams. Clack apparently didn't frequent the jamming H-E-B but stepped in once. He's glad that he did and said, "I see some of the H-E-B employees dancing or singing along with it. Obviously it's not just me."
Dance at work and in the grocery aisles? Count me in!
So, let us know what all y'all like to listen to while shopping by dropping a comment on this blog post or on the Texas Snax Facebook page.