Thursday, February 27, 2014

Turn it down

Three times in my younger life I was told to turn the music down. I took great offence. How could they not appreciate most excellent music played very loudly. While I don't like other people's music played loudly, mine must be.

My boss was away from the premises. I had the radio on with Cher's Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves playing very loudly. Boss returned. I didn't hear him because the music was so loud. Trouble.

Saturday afternoon should be ok to play loud music, such as Suzi Quatro's Devil Gate Drive? I was home alone. Why would it matter? The neighbour was a nurse and her husband a prison officer and both worked shift work and were trying to sleep.

A decade or so later I discovered the sublime Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor. Home alone again with the music very loud and R returned home. "Turn that bloody racket down."

Have you played music at an inappropriate volume?



36 comments:

  1. I had to comment when I saw the blog post title on Drifting Through Life's blog list.

    My dad was always screaming out "Turn that bloody racket down!" the old fogey :-) My favourite songs back then that needed to be played at full volume were Master's Apprentices Turn Up Your Radio and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love".

    These days it's more likely to be Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", Anton Bruckner's "Te Deum" or Händel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from the Messiah. But I use earphones rather than risk the ire of my neighbours.

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    1. Hi Marie. Sadly I know those two groups rather well. While I may have left them behind now, I haven't moved too far on.

      PS You take some lovely photos.

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    2. Hee, hee ... your age is showing if you know those bands well :-) As is mine. I haven't left either band behind (and still harbour hopes that Robert Plant will agree to marry me).

      The photos are mostly hubby's work, although I usually take pictures on my morning walk with the dog, which he looks at, cringes, shakes his head in dismay and goes out to get far better shots.

      A P.S: I do read your blog quite often, but haven't previously commented because I write in another language and it seems a bit churlish to have a one-sided thing going. And it's only boring stuff about my garden. But I couldn't resist "de-lurking" this time.

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    3. Marie, just don't hunt around for photos of them and how they now look.

      That is funny about the photos. Well, he is rather skilled then.

      Yes, you are one of the the mysterious and at times unbelievable stats.

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  2. Of course, my answer is 'yes'.

    When I was younger it was Broadway musicals - I was very gay - with me singing along tunelessly at the top of my voice.

    Nowadays it is the television with volume way up because I've lost all hearing in one ear and every actor in the world seems (to me) to mumble all their lines.

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    1. Well Victor, many actors do seem to mumble, especially Americans. R uses infra red signal headphones in his bedroom so as not to disturb me. A set might be helpful to you for watching tv. They are pretty good.

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  3. I have to turn down music especially after 10 p.m. because I live in a block of flats and have neighbours and it is a rule here. But I love loud music the rock one.

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    1. Yes Gosia, you would need to keep it a bit quiet. We have the same situation. Is there much Polish rock music?

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    2. Yes the most popular bands are Bajm , Lady Punk and etc. Let's listen on you tube

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    3. I will check them when I am home alone.

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  4. I think everyone has but not so much lately.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, it is something that certainly reduces when you get older.

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  5. Oh yes. And once my partner turned up the CD player so that he could hear it outside - while he was mowing the lawn. (I turned it down.) These days the complaints I get about the 'inappropriate' volume are because I like my music low.
    Neighbours apparently called the police over my mother's insistence on playing Ravel's Bolera at many decibels.

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    1. EC, I suppose he could now use an mp3 player. I have little tolerance for tradesmen having loud music.

      Perhaps Bolero was having a certain effect on the neighbours.

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  6. Hey, tow of my favourite songs there! Music at inappropriate volumes? Heck yes. Often. When I'm in a foul mood, loud rock actually helps to calm me down. Although I haven't needed that for several years now. I do still turn it up when I washing dishes or cleaning the bathroom, those chores seem easier when done to a rocking beat.

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    1. River, music is so good for cheering people up. Especially when you are alone and can dance like no one is watching.

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  7. Only in the car...
    and only with 1960s music where I know the lyrics :)

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    1. What a wonderful mental picture Hels, as you sing, with the beat booming out from your car.

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  8. Oh goodness, I adore my music loud. I am very careful I don't annoy the neighbours though. I often put my headphones on and crank the volume up. No wonder I have such annoying tinnitus! Whoops.

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    1. Fen, my stepfather had tinnitus. He got used to it and it stopped worrying him. Hope it is the same for you.

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    2. I just sleep with the radio or the fan on! Simple.

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  9. I've had tinnitus most of my life, I don't notice it now unless it suddenly gets worse, usually after taking medication. There's a definite link, apsirin or anything containing codeine. It usually settles down to it's normal level by the next day.

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    1. River, is that your personal experience or a well known effect?

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  10. When I hear the local ferals playing dreadful music and having loud parties I have to admit it's probably karma...

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    1. FC, the difference being , your music was good and theirs is bad.

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  11. Living in Port Moresby in the 60s, we had a neighbour in the unit behind us who owned one LP which he played day and night over and over, now that was annoying.

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    1. Bill, one song over and over again must drive people crazy.

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  12. I did when I was younger of course, but I grew out of that. I have some neighbors that love playing music loud in their car and it vibrates the entire neighborhood. Very annoying.

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    1. Keith, is there a chance they would ever hear an emergency vehicle with its siren on?

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  13. Yes, but I'm sure that like you only when i think it will not bother anyone else. It frys my butt when someone in a car plays so loud that it bothers me. IN A CAR? How loud to you need it in a closed environment? But then that is just me.

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    1. Joeh, the dull thud of bass speakers coming from a car is so unmusical.

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  14. Absolutely! And I have been told that I sound dreadful when I sing with the earphones on when on the cross trainer, really loudly but I don't believe them, I think I sound fabulous :)

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    1. Grace, I've never heard anyone sing well in that situation. I wonder if proper singers can sound ok?

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  15. That's what I always said to my son, without a big success. Now when the music is too loud for me, I just put earplugs in my ears and regulate the volume. I even did it in a concert with Elton John,lol !

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    1. Gattina, I am one for earplugs too. Some movies at cinemas are very very loud.

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