Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Raw and Real Retail” Music

Lately I’ve been watching videos by Raw and Real Retail, who describe their channel this way:

We photograph and take video of dead, dying and interesting retail, with a strong emphasis on malls. We take a more raw approach than some, providing as much of an in-the-moment sort of cinéma vérité documentation of these endangered places.

Don’t ask me why I find these videos fascinating. I think in R&RR’s case, it’s because of the music they play in them. I’ve taken to putting the videos on in the background and listening to the music. Let me give you a couple of examples. First, here’s the video they did on The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. I’ll list the songs in the video and link to Wikipedia or AllMusic for artist information.

  1. Fuse One, "Sunwalk"
  2. Lalo Schifrin, "Theme from King Kong"
  3. Alphonse Mouzon, "Do I Have To"
  4. Yes, "Starship Trooper: Würm"
  5. Steve Gray, "Wonder Groove"

The second video is about the York Galleria in York, Pennsylvania.

  1. Jack Trombey, "Black Rose"
  2. Casiopea, "Asayake"
  3. The Square, "Merylu"
  4. Casiopea, "In the Pocket"
  5. Steve Gray, "Wonder Groove"

I hope you’ve enjoyed the music in these videos, and as they say, there’s plenty more where that came from. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 27, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

21 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Raw and Real Retail” Music

  1. Thank you very much for featuring our channel on your blog! I always hoped people would get what we are doing with the Library Music being front and center, as important a part of the project as the malls featured.

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  2. You always have different (in a good way) song presentations. I am already starting to explore Raw and Real for malls I’ve been to (the first one I found was King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania – I was there some 18 years ago). Malls fascinate me in their own ways and the video in these two selections is very well done…oh wait, this is supposed to be about the music. Of the selections, I only knew Yes (a group I saw in concert this past summer). I’ll thank you for the intro to this site.

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    1. When I was on the road a lot, the local mall was good for at least one night’s entertainment, sometimes more. Sometimes I’d be somewhere that had more than one mall, and I’d be fixed for the week… It’s sad to see that so many malls have either died or are on their last legs, but thanks to the Internet we don’t have to go out and shop anymore. Which sucks in a way: being forced to go to a department store for clothes or to Tower Records for music was always part of the fun…

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  3. Some of these malls look really pretty. The music reminds me of the mall and I can see less people going to them. Too many buy on the internet and have no clue what they are getting

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  4. Hi John, these are lovely videos. I grew up in the 1980’s and shopping malls were part-entertainment and part babysitter, but mostly social spots . It’s hard to see malls go down, especially ones that had been active and vibrant shopping and community centers . People don’t go out to shop much anymore. Thanks for the memories !

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  5. Well, I’ll tell ya what… that was a great idea John. It kind of gave us all a break and I personally love instrumental music and jazz is my favorite. GREAT JOB! Thank you!

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  6. John,

    I enjoyed your instrumental playlist today. I listened to it once earlier while doing some chores and let it play through, then I came back to do some sketching to listen to it again. That was just the first set. I’ll come back to listen to the second one tomorrow. Great to have you on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. Aren’t they, though? Have you watched any of the ones where the people go inside an abandoned mall? Those are disturbing, to say the least, especially when you see how dangerous they are. Really, why do they let that happen?

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