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We have a new phone system at work. It has an audio input for hold music. That audio input is now connected to a Windows server that was in that rack anyhow, which has an mp3 player running on it on shuffle. Ta-da, hold music!

I've decided that the hold music collection deserves some curating. I'm pleased with my first playlist:
  • Yu Miyake - Overture from Katamari Damacy
  • Stompin' Tom Connors - Sudbury Saturday Night
  • Freezepop - Here Comes a Special Boy
  • Shuffle Demons - Hockey Night in Canada Theme
  • Kim Barlow - Waterfall (Instrumental)
  • Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra - Safety Dance
  • La Bottine Souriante - La Tapinie / Le Reel Des Voyageurs
  • Barcelona - Shell Account
  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle - The Log Driver's Waltz
and, of course,
  • Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
It's a shame we don't put people on hold that often.

ETA: I threw Basshunter's "Boten Anna" in there too.
ETAA: Oh, and the Muppets singing "Mahna Mahna" is in there as well.

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oh god your TAG.

Also, when the Log Driver's Waltz pleases girls completely, you'll have about a 50% chance of the customers' needs being resolved when they come back from hold.

oh god your TAG.

christ I didn't even notice.

Don't know if canadia has an equivalent of the RIAA, but I'm pretty certain that if you do that, you're going to need to pay some similar organisation (APRA in .au for example) some copyright blood money, assuming you wish to act legally.

Alternately you can commission a performance recording of some non-copyrighted work for the purpose.

Or you can just ignore the legal issue.

It would make me very happy if you worked this into the rotation. For a while it was in the hold music rotation at LAIKA, but the suits decided they didn't like having fun music.

I still have a playlist in iTunes of the LAIKA hold music. I used to put myself on hold to listen to it sometimes.

Also: this makes me want to pay for my account and find an excuse to call and be put on hold :P

You don't have to pay for an account to call in! But we really do rarely put people on hold.

oh I know I don't. It was more of "I like to give money to companies who are cool"

Sweet Inflatable Jeeebus! Tech Support Rickroll....

(Okay I laughed out loud in an empty room.)


- Senor Coconut and his Orchestra - Smoke on the Water

- Something cute by the Squirrel Nut Zippers

And, uh, excuse me, no TMBG? Have you by any chance not yet built a birdhouse in your soul?

Why Smoke on the Water when you could alternatively provide Señor Coconut and his Orchestra doing Autobahn?

You are an evil, evil human being. I like that in a guy.

Last tag, FTW.

What's FreshBooks' number? Can I just call and ask to be put on hold for a few minutes?

DJ Mendel at Radio FreshBooks!

Sneak Rickroll attack. Niiiiiiice.

I thought about it, but it's a bit too abrasive for hold music, I think.

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