I have a favourite coffee shop. I've lived there at various times over the last few years. They do very decent large mugs of coffee, a broad menu of hot food, have very decent staff and I just love the spot. It's not a multinational Starbucksy chain, another reason to like it. It has just one problem. Music.
Over the years it's varied wildly. There seems to be no official policy (a good thing I always think as it can lead to some nice surprises) and there have been varying experiences from jazz to current rock to a brief lived but great period of Chinese pop music. However the last two times I've been in over the last few weeks (I don't get to go that often these days as I've moved away) they're been playing the greatest hits album, from one end to another, of just one 20th century music giant.
Everything from bloody Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (which I quite like) to her awful cover of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Believe, Love And Understanding, Just Like Feckin Jesse James and the painfully awful If I Could Turn Back Time
It's enough to actually put me off going there. But, let's say I do go up one morning and ask them politely to change the soundtrack, am I not going to look like the biggest arsehole in the village? Should I just put up with it? Or instead just slip away across the road to the (far less nice) Irish chain or the flashy new Starbucks down the road which I know is a Cher-free zone?
The great existential dilemmas of the 21st century.