Listening to the 60 Blog

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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:

‘S wonderful, ‘S marvelous
You should care for me
‘S awful nice, ‘S paradise
‘S what I love to see
You’ve made my life so glamorous
You can’t blame me for feeling amorous
Oh, ‘S wonderful, ‘S marvelous
That you should care for me
Looking at the words, they seem nonsensical, but it really is a beautiful love song.  Which makes me wonder, what songs will be played in the grocery stores of the future?  I Can’t Feel My Face?  Bitch Better Have My Money?  Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)?
Will today’s youth have good memories of the music played when they were growing up?  Will we be reading a blog from a 60-year old in the year 2060 about the lyrics to Cake by the Ocean?  Maybe the memories will be better when talking about Can’t Stop the Feeling from the upcoming Trolls movie.

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