The background music in the Nashville airport

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of teaching a class at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association.  It was a delightful time.  The Association members made me feel welcome and the class went well.  (I spoke about best practices for use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.)  But that’s not the point of today’s post.  The point of today’s post is to comment on the background music in the Nashville airport.

The music in the Nashville airport was the most sophisticated, highest quality music I have heard in any airport in decades of travel around the world.

Nashville is an important center for music.  There are offices of ASCAP and BMI in Nashville.  I will admit that I assumed (as it turns out completely wrongly) that what I would hear is nonstop country music of some monotonous style.

What I heard as background music in the Nashville airport were a variety of very high quality musical styles.  What stuck most in my recollection was long stretches of very sophisticated vocal and instrumental jazz.

I don’t know what brought about this delightful aspect of my travel to and from Nashville.  The Nashville Chamber of Commerce?  Airport administrators with good taste in music (and a budget to pay for it)?  Maybe ASCAP and BMI got together and devised a favorable music license for the airport?  But whatever or whoever made it possible, thank you!

(Does someone, maybe someone from Nashville, know how this nice situation came about?  If so, please post something in the comments about it.)

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