A to Z Challenge – Q is for Quietly

Why are tv documentaries so loud?  Why are some shops so loud?

I have no problem with some atmospheric music playing while nobody is talking during a documentary programme but why must they play music during speech? I frequently give up after the first five minutes because I cannot follow the sometimes complex commentary or interview which is a real shame because I know the programme would interest me if I could just hear the words.

I have read that many shop owners play music specifically chosen to make people stay in their shops for longer;  if it is loud I leave regardless of the type of music.  Stores therefore lose my potential custom as I walk straight out and find somewhere quieter;  does anyone over 18 ever leave a quiet shop to go and find one with more noise?

I live in the  countryside and most people, when visiting for the first time,  stand outside and say how wonderfully peaceful it is;  occasionally someone actively dislikes it and can’t wait to get back to a noisier environment but they are usually in their teens or twenties.

Do you notice loud music being forced on you?

6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Q is for Quietly

  1. I am so with you on this concept! Loud music is guaranteed to have me dashing out of the shop and to not return there or to a restaurant. My husband has a hearing impairment and it’s nearly impossible for him to function in these sorts of environments.

    • My husband suffers with tinnitus and dreads wedding receptions and parties where the dance music is played in the main room or marquee because he has little hope of hearing what the person next to him is saying and talking to someone across a table is out of the question.

  2. I truly cannot stand the loud music that gets foisted on me in Singaporean shopping malls — during the festive seasons– which are many, because of varying ethnicity of the populace.

    Damyanti, Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • Hi Damyanti,
      Thanks for stopping by my blog and for being such a good co-host of the A to Z challenge. It sounds as if shopping in Singapore is an even louder experience than mine in England although Singapore is still on my list of places I want to visit.

    • Hi Laura,
      We have a very good local pub which holds music nights about once a week; there is a sign outside advertising the event several days in advance so you know to avoid the place if you want a quiet drink. I avoid pubs which just play loud taped music or, worse still, have a loud tv because I agree with you that they are anti-social.

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