Honestly I didn't notice when they stopped playing elevator music in the grocery store. All I remember is that, years ago, I used to be bopping along in the grocery aisle to violin versions of Eurythmics hits and smugly thinking to myself how ironic it seemed to be playing a sanitized version of "Sweet Dreams". I would often find myself singing along. Sometime, only a few months ago it seems, I noticed that all of a sudden the music they play in the grocery store is not Muzak anymore but the actual songs. By the actual artists. With vocals. When did that happen?
Today I found the apparent last bastion of elevator music: Apollo Burger. As I ate my gyro with all the trimmings I noticed that the sickeningly familiar sounds of elevator music were playing in the background. It gave me a strange nostalgia. Apparently the world hasn't changed so completely.