Why Cable TV Listings Remind Me of Wedding and Party Music

by Robbie Schlosser

Hi!  Welcome me to the 21st Century!  I’ve begun reading cable TV listings regularly.

Magnolia Jazz Band Why Cable TV Listings Remind Me of Wedding and Party MusicFor years I’ve seen cable TV listings everywhere (except at home), and most of my friends love them (except for the expense).  I’ve probably resisted subscribing because I saw little need for all the fluff I found in the newspaper’s cable TV listings.

Snobbish?  Maybe.  Except for a few programs (Charlie Rose, PBS Newshour, and an occasional Person of Interest), I have little interest in regular network TV, either.  I’m far more likely to enjoy conversations with friends, listening to music, surfing some social media, and reading books, magazines, and a few blogs.

Wikipedia tells me that cable television listings first appeared in 1948.  Just now it’s estimated that today close to 90% of US homes have some form of subscription TV service — cable, satellite, or something else.  WOW, I look forward to finding out what I’ve been missing all these years.

Yesterday Comcast finally installed one of their cards into my TiVo.  It took three long phone calls, two installers, and three trips, but the reception is working fine now.  Fingers crossed.

The main reason we subscribed was to watch the Olympics later this week.  In the coming days, I expect we’ll find a few more surprises, fall in love with them, and continue subscribing beyond our 30-day trial period.

This reminds me of a situation I find at many weddings and parties.  I help people plan the music for their events, and then perform the music.  And almost always, we all discover a few surprises that add even more life to the celebration.

This should be expected, of course.  Whether the plans are meticulous or loose, there’s always room for the unexpected — the weather changes, children start dancing, surprise guests show up, people deliver impromptu toasts, some songs bring a flood of memories and everyone starts singing — the possibilities are endless.

Whatever we plan for, we just KNOW that more will happen.  The trick is to expect surprises, embrace them, and have them add to the experience.

How about YOU? Read Cable TV listings?  What surprises have you found?

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The Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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Cheri July 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’m a TV junkie, so it’s hard for me to imagine not having subscription service. But I do love just browsing through the channels and seeing what catches my eye. Most recently, it’s been a new drama on, um, TNT, I think, called “Perceptions”, and a three part “Nature” series on Alaskan bears. You just never know what you’ll find.

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