Ice cream trucks playing Bach?

I have a beef with the ice cream trucks that putt-putt around our little town.

Their amplified music — a-la-carnival — drives me batty. Not only are the P.A. systems they use to project these nuisance-ial circus tunes of horrible quality, the tunes themselves seem designed to drive me to heinous acts of absurdity.

I mean, really, why can’t they use some Bach or Beethoven? In fact, I have half-a-mind to propose to our city that an ordinance be established. This ordinance would stipulate what sort of noise can or can not be projected throughout and within such public arenas.

I understand there may be certain copyright issues with good music that don’t exist with bad music. But other than that, what would keep the city council from seriously considering such a proposal? And would not the upstanding citizens (and, perhaps especially, the parents) be eternally grateful?

Think of what good publicity would come from this. Would it not be picked up by the news wires? Think of the tourist industry which could grow with every theme and variation in such well-composed music.

And later, we’ll discuss an ordinance to require a certain quality of ice cream sold by these vendors . . .



About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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  1. Pingback: Auditory Aesthetics: Ice cream trucks « The Aesthetic Elevator

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