Thursday, April 17, 2008

Song help and elevator WTF?!




Where was god when this guy was trapped in an elevator for forty-one hours? I have to say that, if that had been me, you'd have had to scrape me off the walls with a puddy knife because I would've exploded with anxiety. Elevators don't bother me when they're moving, but when they stop moving and there's that millisecond before the doors open...I bet my pulse goes up twenty beats or so. Anyway... interesting video (caught by security cameras).


Does anyone know what song is backing up the video? I love it! I've googled around to see if the guy gave credit, but I'm not having any luck. Anyone?

9 comments:

Perpetual Beginner said...

Poor guy, what a nightmare!

I don't know the song, but I'm going to hazard a guess as to composer/performer. It sounds like something by David Lanz.

a lurker said...

I was thinking it sounded like something by George Winston.

Half rabbit said...

I watched the entire video but couldn't see them *cough* relieve bodily functions. Can you go for 41 hours without passing urine? Or would you go though the elevator door or on the floor? (Sorry if that was distasteful but the question is valid, as I definitely couldn't hold on that long. Delete if you see fit)

corsair the rational pirate said...

The guy opened the door and peed down the wall.

Click here to read the story

The fallout:

White never went back to work at the magazine. Caught up in media attention (which he shunned but thrilled to), prodded by friends, and perhaps provoked by overly solicitous overtures from McGraw-Hill, White fell under the sway of renown and grievance, and then that of the legal establishment. He got a lawyer, and came to believe that returning to work might signal a degree of mental fitness detrimental to litigation. Instead, he spent eight weeks in Anguilla. Eventually, Business Week had to let him go. The lawsuit he filed, for twenty-five million dollars, against the building’s management and the elevator-maintenance company, took four years. They settled for an amount that White is not allowed to disclose, but he will not contest that it was a low number, hardly six figures. He never learned why the elevator stopped; there was talk of a power dip, but nothing definite. Meanwhile, White no longer had his job, which he’d held for fifteen years, and lost all contact with his former colleagues. He lost his apartment, spent all his money, and searched, mostly in vain, for paying work. He is currently unemployed.

Flux said...

Philip Glass, maybe? I'll show the video to a friend and see if he knows. :)

Flux said...

I was wrong - checked with an audiophile pal of mine... he said:

"The song is called "Up and then Down" by Nick Paumgarten. Not Glass, but it does kinda have some elements of it. Too melodic to be Glass :)"

Mystery solved. ;)

Randall Harris said...

Are you sure? "Up and Then Down" is the title of the New Yorker article, and Nick Paumgarten is the author. Unless he's a composer too, I think the search continues. (iTunes and Amazon, my two reliable music sources, show nothing by that title either.)

Atheist in a mini van. said...

I'm not seeing it anywhere, either, Randall. I would really like to download it to my ipod, but it seems to be a mystery under that name and title.

Randall Harris said...

I think I have discovered Hell, however -- it's the comments section on YouTube. I thought of checking there to see if anyone had posted the track info (no one yet, sorry), and of the over 500 comments posted there, fully 75% or more were concerned about how the guy relieved himself. Over and over and over they asked the question.....