elevator music


Definition of elevator music

: instrumental arrangements of popular songs often piped in (as to an elevator or retail store)

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Angry white male entitlement is the elevator music of our age. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Don’t make elevator music, don’t make a generic country song. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Taylor Swift covered Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September,' and shouldn't have — really," 13 Apr. 2018 In the same way that elevator music is meant to be heard, but not listened to, the halo around this fragrance is subtle and soft, to be passively noticed. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Off-White’s First Fragrance Collection Was Inspired by Elevator Music," 7 Mar. 2018 When something is public, whether a movie, a billboard, or elevator music or a Confederate flag on a pickup truck, there can be an openness, an essence of freedom and nakedness to confront or inspire the issue of the day or the past. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "Artist John Sims Interview," 30 Oct. 2017 Realists sniff at Jukedeck, Amper and similar AI creations, rightly characterizing the current offerings as customized, affordable 21st century elevator music. James Sammataro, Billboard, "Artificial Intelligence Ushers in the Era of Music Moneyball (Guest Column)," 12 Sep. 2017 But, like elevator music, Justice Kennedy’s smooth tones grated on Justice Antonin Scalia in the two hot-button cases cited by Mr. McGurn. WSJ, "Justice Kennedy’s Smooth Talk Didn’t Persuade Scalia," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of elevator music

1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of elevator music

US : instrumental versions of popular songs that are often played in elevators, offices, etc.

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