A old friend of mine named Don Ditto put on Facebook that a sure sign he was getting old was when music he grew up listening to was playing in the grocery store.
That got me thinking about how what we used to call background or elevator music has evolved in our life time.
There was a time when music services like “Muzak” provided lilting & usually very boring instrumental selections in department, and grocery stores, and almost every business.
There were no commercials and the real fancy businesses would insert messages encouraging you to buy some product or service.
Today that music has been replaced with a wide variety of everything from country to classic rock, though it seems to me that music from the 60’s through the 80’s seems to be most popular.
Perhaps that’s because retailers think people who like those songs are most likely to have money to buy things.
Some of my favorite restaurants even pipe music into their bathrooms so you can sing or hum along instead of having to talk with someone else in there.
Pay attention to what they’re playing in the elevator the next time you use one, and see if you agree.
That’s the way I see it.