Ang Mo wrote:I remember the Man in Blue mentioning that Vienna's music was used in a Lifetime channel movie or television show as well. I have watched that episode of Deadliest Catch several years ago and was smiliing when I heard Vienna's music show up on that. If you shop at a retail store called Kohl's you will hear Vienna's music for sure and like I said I got a big kick out of hearing Harbor at the Grocery store.
I still haven't heard Vienna's music in a store, but a couple of nights ago I dreamed that I did.
CrazyOne wrote:I did hear Harbor in a store a couple weeks ago. Just wanted to point out that what all these places have in common is that they typically subscribe to a service that provides the overhead music. There are a wide variety of packages this can be. Muzak is probably the best known company in that business but I think there are others as well.
So clearly someone at one or more of these outfits has decided Vienna's music fits well with certain playlists. Can't really see that as a bad thing, to expose more people to the music. Although really, in these background music settings, it's not likely too many people are going to go "Wow, what's that song?" Although perhaps the advent of smartphone apps like Shazam (identifies songs from the audio playing) makes it a little more likely than before. Since these services aren't controlled at the store level, the people working there aren't likely to know the songs if someone asks, unless they themselves have been curious and looked them up. I think the people who work in the stores tend to tune out the overhead because the music probably repeats after a few hours or so, plus being there daily and hearing the same stuff.
Like streaming, it must be small on a per-play basis, but it could add up. I heard Dar Williams call this kind of stuff "mailbox money".cmooreNC wrote:But the revenue from "muzak" style services, for the artist, is extremely important. It can mean "making a good living" or not, that's for sure, as these are "pay to play" services. So although exposure to a listening audience is always good (whether that audience actually knows what it's hearing, or not), the revenue stream generated by this type of exposure is crucial. Just something to keep in mind....
cmooreNC wrote:Indeed, "mailbox money" can really add up.
Fred wrote: (His early stuff includes "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning"--really!) I'll bet his mailbox money is his major income source.
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