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Monday, August 10, 2009

Hold Music. Not Hold the Music, but Hold Music

Jeffrey Tucker wrote a brief piece on "hold music"--the music one hears when you place a call and get put on hold. I agree with many of his points. Coincidentally, last Friday night was one of the extraordinarily rare moments when I enjoyed the hold music and hung on for about ten minutes before a live person picked up. In my case, I was calling a physician to question a medication order in a hospital. The "hold music" was a composer's version of Fiddler on the Roof. Having seen the play, with Topol himelf playing the lead, just a few months ago I was familiar with the tunes. I heard about three consecutive numbers before the answering service person picked up and enjoyed every minute of the long wait. Had the hold music been typical I would have hung up after about 3 minutes and tried again later as the issue was not life-threatening. The patient benefited nonetheless as he received his medication at a more appropriate dose in a timelier fashion--thanks to the physician's office choice of hold music.

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