My mom’s microwave plays 20 seconds of “Oh, Susanna!” when it dings. Yes, you can change it to a normal beep, but the only time she changes it is at Christmas time when it then plays “Auld Lang Syne”. She likes it that way. It was not known when the microwave was purchased that it would play melodies, it was only a happy circumstance.
Perhaps this is the way that old folk songs will now be passed down to one generation to the next – through microwaves and cell phone ring tones. Nonetheless, every time you heat old tea up, you listen to that little old tune.
March 5th Extra-Ordinary: Strains of Stephen Foster telling me my leftovers are ready.