If you’re anything like the author of this post, you sing to yourself — and your kids — a lot. Maybe it’s the latest number from Glee, or whatever the contestants were singing on The Voice or American Idol last night… whatever song is stuck in your head, chances are it’s echoing off the walls of your house nearly every day. Now, imagine your favorite song of the moment (or of all time, for that matter) playing for guests every time someone rings your doorbell.
Maybe you wouldn’t mind greeting visitors with your college fight song or something tongue-in-cheek like the 1980s song “Who Can It Be Now” by Men at Work. In any event, a company called Swann has you covered with its Doorbell DJ (pictured below), a $50 gadget that allows you to play whatever MP3 you wish in lieu of a traditional chime.
Another alternative is the iChime (below), which its makers call “the play anything doorbell.” It has dozens of pre-recorded songs and sounds, but in addition to its presets and programmable MP3s and CD tracks, it’s fully recordable, so you can even record yourself or your kids saying hello, singing a tune (or, again, reciting a school fight song). It retails for about $90.
Let’s face it: sometimes, we just need a little levity, particularly when we least expect it. And in the end, if you wind up installing one of these musical accessories to greet everyone who comes by, just promise you’ll invite us over sometime.