Why loud music?

Barry Evans
Barry Evans

Earlier this week The Blonde in the house and I went to see one of our favorite groups from when we were young.  We realized that it would not be the same singers from the old days, although one of the performers had apparently been with the group for some time.  However, we thought we would hear the lush tomes with different performers.  It did not quite work that way.  We did hear some of the old songs, but the difference was that it was now in what is apparently considered today’s fashion.  The fashion being LOUD!

When I speak of loud, let me explain why I felt that way.  A year or more ago, The Blonde complained that I was not hearing her (beyond the normal husband mode).  I finally went to a hearing specialist who informed me that my hearing had gone south, especially in the higher ranges wherein my good wife’s speech range lies.  It probably explained why I had no trouble hearing when playing golf with the guys, but home was different.  In any case, I now am the proud possessor of two hearing aids.

This leads back to the discussion of listening in the modern fashion.  The group mentioned above did play a few of the old songs, plus some newly recorded ones.  What was common among all the songs was the loudness of the music.  Now, the Savannah Center is fairly big, and we were back in the elevated stands.  However, what I had to do in order to keep my sanity was remove my hearing utensils and stuff my ears with tissue.  I also had a half patch on my left ear due to a dermatology incident.  I had no trouble hearing the music although it was still too loud.

Apparently, I was not alone as after one hour and ten minutes, the group played the “it’s time to go …” A good part of the audience took them at their word and started leaving while they were still playing. We stayed with the thought that groups always do encores, and we hoped that they would sing one more of our favorites – even if too loudly.  They did not return which is unusual – unless they did after we finally left.  We were at the early session.  Hopefully, the later session did better.

Perhaps, someone can explain to me why music has to be so loud today.  I would think that the new generations will have to get hearing aids sooner than I did.  We moved to The Villages in 2000.  The Savannah Center opened about the same time.  The Villages then started having performances, including a series that you could purchase ($8-10 per couple per show).  They were relatively decent, except for one time they offered the world’s worst presentation of “South Pacific”.  We still laugh about it when discussing the matter with neighbors who attended with us.  However, one thing that stands out from those performances is that they were not so incredibly loud.

I think I will get with my old friend, Helmut who can invent anything.  With his help, I bet we could come up with a hearing aid that would go into “suppressed” mode anytime music (or anything) exceeded a certain decibel level.  Unfortunately, it does take forever to have a patent approved. However, on the bright side conceivably music would change during the wait with a new concept coming into fruition – quiet music.  Wouldn’t that be amazing!

Barry Evans writes about Life in The Villages for Villages-News.com



  1. Yea, Barry!!!!!! Kudos for letting the rest of The Villages know, but have not (or been afraid to) complain about the LOUD music at most music performances. Not only in Savannah but in The Sharon and in The Studio Theater (at Tiera Del Sol) and the several squares. It was especially annoying at the Tiera Del Sol Theater (with only 100 seats) that for the two performances with music the sound level was so high it could easily have filled a 1,000 seat theater (such as The Sharon). That kind of sound level is completely inappropriate in the small intimate Tiera Del Sol Theater. People in the audience were actually using ear plugs. I hope you receive some support in helping the artists to understand the issue and then doing something about it.

    Is it any wonder why there are so many four-page ads in the newspaper each week for hearing aids.

    Thank you.
    Ed Williams

  2. There are many restaurants in TV that do not have live or electronic entertainment. Those that do, like Cody’s, limit the entertainment to a particular area. If you do not like loud entertainment, don’t sit there! I agree with Marsha that as younger folks, we wanted our music loud. We attended all those amplified concerts, etc. Perhaps, as older seniors, OUR tastes have changed…..entertainment has not! Many new residents are in the 55 year old range and have no problem with the volume of entertainment. Would you also tone down the music in the squares?

    I don’t care what city you are from, even Miami (lived there for 32 years), there are plenty of restaurants where you can be conversational, if that is what you want. If you’re out for an entertaining good time with laughter, sing alongs, and dancing, then go where the loud music is. That’s just common sense, folks!!!

  3. I honestly think the restaurants are loud because they want you in and out fast. If you linger over drinks, coffee, or dessert they are losing the chance to seat another group. Cane Garden and Mallory both are decent restaurants but they are so loud with the bar right in the middle I really only like to eat there outside.

  4. When we moved to The Villages in 2012 from Miami we were ecstatic about being able to talk to each other in restaurants in a normal conversational tone without getting hoarse! Since 2012 the noise level in restaurants has increased dramatically. We grew up in a time before electronic amplification. Each subsequent generation seems to increase the decibel level. I guess that is one more thing we will have to get used to –the price of living longer. The upside is that we also benefit from the better restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that have come along since 2012😍

  5. This is an interesting discussion because most homes in the Villages have their TV’s so loud that when visitors come to visit it’s annoying to them I’m sure. Music has been loud for years in venues and I’m wondering why now it annoys older folks. Maybe it’s because seniors are no longer enjoy what they once did. I guess an alternative would be to stay home and adjust the TV’s and radios yourself so it’s comfortable.
    I once travelled on a Holland America cruise ship and they had no music by the pool. I inquired as to why and was told that older folks don’t want music playing. Needless to say that was my last trip on that cruise line.
    I love every show I see at Savannah and I realize that some performers will be louder than others. I hope I never get to the point where I complain about loud music……but if I do I’ll most likely avoid those places so others can enjoy what I did for so many of my younger years.

  6. Totally agree. Another of my complaints is and loud and usually obnoxious music played in stores. I love Bealls, but hate their music. They are not catering to a teenage crowd, but they constantly play annoying music way too loud. It does not make me feel like staying to shop, it makes me want to leave quickly.

    • Eddie, also agree.
      There are three restaurants we don’t go to because of the LOUD music!
      One of them just opened next to Sams club.

      I believe the young people running these places are a little DEAF!