weird indeedyes,,,, delightfully wierd. thanks again for that one mike. chefhogan, i understand your opinion about a hard days work for an honest dollar earned, but in my experience music is an outlet for ones creativity and hunger for mental stimulation. sure, durring a busy and confusing function or rush there is no place for blaring music you can't hear over,,, but i don't believe there has been many days in any of my kitchens where music wasn't at least quietly playing in the background. im not about to pull fourteen hour shifts mindlessly repeating rote culinary activites without some form of outside stimuli. durring the morning it is always the local urban radio talk show and oldies(all of my day crew are three times my age) but when noon comes its time for some good ol motivating rock,rap,country,classical,jazz,blues or whatever else your crew needs to keep going. it is one thing to demand hard work,,, it is another to deprive people of basic motivational activities. you can't have a happy well oiled crew day in and day out without letting them enjoy themselves once in a while. my personal look on music in the kitchen comes down to this---- music is food for the soul, and without a soulfully cooked meal you end up with a rather bland plate.