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Easy Listening

Barbra Streisand

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What is Easy Listening Music

Easy Listening Music does exactly what it says on the tin . . . it’s music which is kind of easy to listen to, you hum along to it without even knowing it’s there, a kind of musical wallpaper if you please, although I’m sure that a lot of the artists who sing easy listening music won’t like to be described as such. Easy listening music originated in the bars and clubs of the 1920’s and 30’s, a little background music but you could still hear yourself think (unlike many of the clubs of today). It started off being mostly instrumental, but can include vocals. These days you’ll mostly hear easy listening music in department stores and shopping malls, telephone systems (you know, whilst you’re on hold, how annoying is that?) in doctors offices and elevators. You probably don’t even notice that it’s there, but it would seem very quiet and somehow empty without it.

Representative Easy Listening Musicians

Early easy listening music was vocalized by such crooners as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Matt Monro, with Dionne Warwick and Barbra Streisand holding up the end for the girls. You’ll be surprised at how many of those old songs you know, they’re great to hum (or sing) along to while you’re doing the ironing or driving down the freeway, cooking the dinner or holding on to speak to a real person on the telephone, instead of one of those horrible automated recordings . . . If you want to check your balance press 1, if you want to speak to¬†wait to speak to a ¬†representative press 2, if you’re going nuts press 3.

Well, did you sing along? How about this one . . .

How fantastic is that? Way to go Barbra . . .

There, I helped you out with the words that time. Now there are no excuses . . . get singing! Oh wow, speed it up a bit Tony, we can read faster than that you know!

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