The Strange Story of Cisco’s (Sort of) Beloved Hold Music

Excerpt from this article (which I sought out after re-listening to The American Life’s podcast episode about this music – – it’s really good!):

You probably hate it. I mostly do. At three minutes, there is this horrifying funky Michael Bolton breakdown played on a xylophone synth… But some people love it!

And if you leave it on in the background while you’re working, just sitting in a tab, and then you turn it off, you may notice a curious absence. Perhaps this tune is better than silence. If you can hear this song, you are still alive.

People record this music, post it to YouTube, and people like Corbett’s father-in-law discover it and put it on in the background while they sweep the kitchen.