Can You Turn That Thing Down!

OMG, I must be getting old!

I’m not sure when it happened. I just know I woke up one day and realized it. I’m sure it was gradual. I didn’t want it to happen. But it did.Β  πŸ™

In my 20’s and early 30’s I loved my music. I drove a lot and listened to it as loud as I could all the time. Some might say I played it loud to drown out my bad singing, but that is only half the truth. I just loved to hear it thump. It didn’t matter what the type of music was it just had to be loud so I could sing it loud.

I invested in great stereos for my cars / trucks and great speakers. I even have the 4 insurance claims to prove it. Yep, four stolen stereos – my current 11 year old truck has the factory stereo and speakers – I finally learned… LOL

But over the past 5-7 years I’ve come to realize that I can’t stand music up high. It actually has the opposite effect on me that it did back then. Now it just makes me want to hurt the person listening to it loud.

My ears are just more sensitive. Maybe it is all the racket I heard during my time at HDΒ  (forklifts, carts, racking, etc). Maybe the pitches just burned my eardrums. I know all the noise at my store with the constant water running and machines running hasn’t helped either.Β  I think I understand water torture to the ears. The best feeling in the world is when we turn off those dipper wells at night.

But I digress again (see, shiny thing syndrome).

I don’t even remember why I wrote this post today. Oh yea, loud music. Just do me a favor. I don’t want to hear your loud song as your ring tone, and if I’m in your car please be nice to my sensitive ears. And if you are in my truck, touch my dials and you die! The radio is off for a reason.

Don’t even get me started on any music that is just screeching or plain bad. Maybe that’s what happened. Good music where you understood the lyrics and the melody are slowly disappearing due to new technology allowing bad singers to have hit songs. YouTube and the internet making sensations out of personalities vs quality.


OMG, I was right!!!!Β  I am getting old!Β  Now I sound like those people that griped about Elvis, or the Beatles or any other famous artist of their day.

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE music. I really, really do. I like all types (other than screaming / screeching). I just need you to play it at a lower decibel.

Nevermind. I just realized who to blame. Apple. Yep. I’m blaming them. Now that all my music / audio is pumped into my ear via my earbuds attachedΒ  to my iTouch, it has to be their fault.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

If you want to complain, just do it quietly please.


~~~till we laugh again~~~




0 thoughts on “Can You Turn That Thing Down!

  1. Dotty Headbanger

    Dear Brick,
    I know how you feel. I have tinnitus and hyperacusis which is where background noises are to the fore. It IS torture – it’s scary and disconcerting to say the least and if I wasn’t already mental it’d soon drive me there. Have you had your ears tested?
    Love Dotty xxx

    1. tadams4u

      I know I need too. It has gotten worse over the last few years. Of all the stuff in my life, I find that noises are what drive me mental. LOL. It is so odd. You might be on to something

  2. Mooselicker

    I am in complete agreement. Does music being louder make it better? If it does then there was something wrong with it in the first place. Or maybe teenagers are harder of hearing these days. That’s why they need the headphones and the thing blasted so loud. I blame diet soda.

  3. Candy S

    I totally agree. I couldn’t really hear the music of old, unless it was loud. But nowadays, I will turn it up if I really like the song. However, for the car stereos today that are so loud that it makes your heart hurt, I have a REAL serious problem with it … and the profanity on top of it all, DON’T even get me started! πŸ™‚

  4. the curtain raiser

    Great post. I recently tried to survive a 6 hour car ride with my teenage son’s music resonating throughout the vehicle and in my head. What happened to melody, acutal singing (as opposed to rapping) and feel good music? I felt very old indeed as the sound passed through my whole body. Next time I can try and bring my own musice, if only I could work our how to use one of those iPod thingys (joke).

  5. benzeknees

    You can tell you’re getting old when you tune your car radio to “Talk Radio” like my husband. I hate when I get in my vehicle & he’s changed the station. My stereo is set to an oldies station with a few current songs thrown in once in a while. I like Lady Gaga also – she doesn’t screech & that may be why. She actually sings her songs.

  6. Paprika Furstenburg

    I’m not so sure it’s an age thing. When I was in college, the cafeteria in our dorm played bass thumping music really loudly during the meals. I guess the workers preferred it, but after a few minutes of eating I felt like my esophagus was contracting to the beat of the music.

  7. jeandayfriday

    Excellent post! I was just thinking about volume control this morning when I asked a student who was editing a video to turn the music down so I could think. It was as if my mother took over my mind and speech for a moment. πŸ™‚

  8. brainvomit40

    I love this post! I am certain that I have hearing loss from listening to too-loud music on my car radio and headphones (I think we must be from the same generation) ! I occasionally still crank it up, but I’ve also heard myself telling my kids to turn that racket down! Thanks for the chuckle today!

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