For the last 25 years, business, schools, public squares, train stations, and the like have been using Kenny G's "Going Home" as an oddly-appropriate aural cue to the public that it is time for them to, well, go home.
In an almost Onion-like report, the New York Times says that Kenny G's 1989 hit has been playing as an exit song all over China for as long as people can remember. For example, the song plays on a loop for an hour-and-a-half at Panjiayuan Antiques Market at closing time. The manager couldn't say why. “Isn’t it just played everywhere?” she asked.
Interestingly, Mr. G isn't receiving any royalties for the omnipresent saxophone onslaught. Jackie Subeck, an LA-based entertainment consultant told the Times, “Nobody knows why the Chinese even like Kenny G so much. That song’s on nonstop play and doesn’t collect a penny,” she said.
Perhaps even more bewildering, however, is Kenny's reaction to the phenomenon. “Do I wish I could get paid for everything? Of course. But I surrender to the fact that that’s the way things go there.” He couldn't explain the track's ubiquity, saying, “I don’t ask questions because I like to leave some of the mystery,” but did say that when he plays shows, he's aware of its peculiar power. “I save it for last because I don’t want everyone going home early.”
Let's just hope the trend of looped smooth jazz doesn't catch on stateside.
Source: New York Times