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