January 24, 2005

Country Music Slows Progress at Paper Mill

A rampage of headaches stemming from a total aversion to country music has plagued a local maintenance man. Holding the side of his head he was quoted as saying, "I just can't get a damn thing done with that country music playing."

A worker at the same factory warned other employees not to play Garth, Cash, Black, Williams or even Faith Hill around the head maintenance man, Ted Finch, at the Hamilton County Paper Mill in Hixson, Tennessee. One employee had been blasting Shania Twain that morning when he got a nudge from a contorted faced Ted who told him that if anyone wants to meet their quota today they better, "...turn off that Swiss head." [Most likely referring to her home away from Canada - Switzerland]. Other employees asked the Shania fan what Ted's "deal is". Another thought that he probably was "just a total freak to begin with", while another said that "anyone who doesn't like country music or even a cross-over artist like Willie Nelson would be prone to headaches or even migraines."

In the meantime, Ted says he'll continue to let the soft and classic rock stations play through the speakers in the break room but that anyone who switches it to the country station can expect to find him on the floor writhing within fifteen minutes. The owner of the plant said that the company has no policy regarding which genre of music is piped into the plant but if he had it his way he would play Tim McGraw 24/7. While no compromise seems possible with this senior employee who has put the sound system on lock down, we will check back next month to see if the majority wins out.


  • At Monday, January 24, 2005 at 7:17:00 PM EST, Blogger rae said…

    thank you for your particapation

  • At Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 7:14:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It took me a long time to open up to country music. I can understand why someone would feel that way. It was the last frontier in my musical tastes. I have slowly learned to accept genres of music I once thought I could never listen to. From a fortress of classic rock, symphonic classical, classic jazz, some old pop (i.e. Dean Martin) I broke bridges into Rap, Opera, and even American Idol style pop music (god help me - that show is addictive).

    Country was one of the last walls to fall. Several factors led to it. One moving to the west makes you feel more country - it fits the landscape. Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash are two artists that seemed to have transcended their genre – and I actually listened to their albums and liked it. The real kicker was Shania Twain, one day I stopped watching her videos with the sound turned down, turned it up and realized - hey this music ain't so bad!


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