Background Music

Elevator music is an umbrella term for any type of instrumental music that is played in the background of places where people congregate for purposes other than listening to music.  When skyscrapers were first constructed, the elevators were terrifying to some people, so somebody decided to have music playing inside of these elevators to calm the people’s frazzled nerves.  These are the songs that you might hear when you are placed on hold waiting for somebody to pick up the phone.  People won’t usually react to elevator music, because they are busy shopping when the music is being played at the grocery store, or in the mall.  It’s mostly background music, where you might like it, but you don’t really have any further interest in it beyond that.  This type of music has an easy-listening melody with a slow cadence that often repeats endlessly.  These songs are usually familiar or recognizable, mostly with the lyrics removed and often only one or two instruments joining to form the melody.   Age may actually have something to do with what qualifies music to become elevator music, because as you age, the music played in the supermarket actually starts sounding better.

Last week we had States of Being, and everyone was asked to choose a song that fit the theme of Heaven and/or Hell.  This week we have Elevator music which was suggested by Maggie of Cave Walls.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the revised “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about a song that was performed by various artists ‘Never on Sunday’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Mamas and Papas ‘Go Where You Want To Go’ song and the Fleetwood Mac song ‘Go Your Own Way’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 23, 2021 – Comparisons where you take two songs and discuss an association between them
You may want to discuss their context and highlight the similarities and differences between both chosen songs.  Are they the same music genre, or from the same era, or played at the same speed?
May 30, 2021 – City, Country. County, State, Town suggested by Lisa Coleman, Our Eyes Open
June 6, 2021 – Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
June 13, 2021 – Greet, Hey, Howdy

40 thoughts on “Background Music

    1. There are sever people in London who always post their music before I make my post, so you are the first pingback, but I guess they can not stay up late enough to wait for me. You did fine Christine and this type of music is open to interpretation.

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  1. This one may already have been chosen?

    Workin’ like a dog for the boss man (oh)
    Workin’ for the company (oh yeah)
    I’m bettin’ on the dice I’m tossin’ (oh)
    I’m gonna have a fantasy (oh yeah)
    But where am I gonna look?
    They tell me that love is blind
    I really need a girl like an open book
    To read between the lines

    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    Love in an elevator
    Lovin’ it up ’til I hit the ground

    Jacki’s in the elevator (oh)
    Lingerie second floor (oh yeah)
    She said can I see you later (oh)
    And love you just a little more? (oh yeah)
    I kinda hope we get stuck
    Nobody gets out alive
    She said I’ll show ya how to fax in the mail room
    Honey and have you home by five

    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    Love in an elevator
    Lovin’ it up ’til I hit the ground

    In the air, in the air, honey one more time now, it ain’t fair
    Love in an elevator
    Lovin’ it up when I’m goin’ down

    Lovin’ it

    Elevator

    Goin’ down

    Love in an elevator
    Lovin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I hit the ground

    Gonna be a penthouse pauper (oh)
    Gonna be a millionaire (oh yeah)
    I’m gonna be a real fast talker (oh)
    And have me a love affair (oh yeah)
    Gotta get my timin’ right (oh)
    It’s a test that I gotta pass (oh yeah)
    I’ll chase you all the way to the stairway honey (oh)
    Kiss your sassafras

    Love in an elevator
    Lovin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up ’til I hit the ground

    Do you care?
    Do you care?
    Honey, one more time now it ain’t fair
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    Do you care?
    Do you care?
    Honey, one more time now it ain’t fair
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    In the air
    In the air
    Honey one more, one more, one more
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    In the air
    In the air
    Honey one more, one more, one more
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    In the air
    In the air
    Honey one more, one more, one more

    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
    In the air
    In the air
    In the air
    In the air
    Love in an elevator
    Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Perry Anthony Joseph / Steven Tyler

    Cryin’ lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

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