Am I getting old or is the grocery store playing great music these days?
When was the last time you noticed elevator music? Muzak is the brand name of an American background music distribution service for retail stores and other establishments and is a generic term for elevator music.
This popular music is usually instrumental that is commonly played through speakers in elevators, shopping malls, grocery stores, phone systems (while the caller is on hold), hotels, restaurants, and many more locations. The term is also frequently applied as a generic term for any form of easy listening, smooth jazz, or middle-of-the-road music.
When I was a teenager, my first job was working with my father every Sunday at a high-end furniture store in lower Manhattan. My sister and I had the privilege of spending every Sunday with dad, driving to work, eating breakfast and lunch with him, and working–for $10 a day!–running an elevator. The job brings back many memories, but one stands out today. Background music was always playing in the store and one song seems to have played more often than others. S’Wonderful was composed by George and Ira Gershwin and introduced in the musical Funny Face. The version I remember from about 1970 was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald.
I still remember some of the lyrics:
You should care for me
‘S awful nice, ‘S paradise
‘S what I love to see
You can’t blame me for feeling amorous
Oh, ‘S wonderful, ‘S marvelous