The case against loud music


For some, excessively loud music is a way of life and any concern expressed by others, in their view, is an unfair complaint — even though government authorities, constantly urge people to be more considerate to others when playing their music.

This is not an issue new to our environment, and over the years there have been those who display little regard for others, including seniors, when playing loud music that could create discomfort for many who simply want to be comfortable in their home without being forced to endure thumping, loud sounds that invade their privacy.

Many are reluctant to complain because neighbours can react in a negative manner, and most aim for good relationships in closely knit neighbourhoods.

The lockdown in Bermuda because of the deadly coronavirus, which has shattered much of the world, has forced people to make adjustments in their daily lifestyles. In a small island community, there are bound to be issues arising from those who resent the lockdown process, despite it being implemented to protect the health and lives of Bermudians.

One would think that common logic under these circumstances would dictate a more co-operative attitude in being sensitive to others during a period when people are complying with travel restrictions ordered by the Government for public safety.

Some of our neighbourhoods are more closely knitted than others, and loud music can easily become quite an offensive noise, especially if someone is in need of rest or if there may be someone with an illness.

The clamour can induce discomfort outside of an invasion of privacy that could be in some cases described as noise pollution.

We should remember that what may be music for some ears could be nothing short of unwanted noise for others.

Most Bermudians are very patient with people who choose to play music so loud that it can cause items on a shelf to vibrate in a nearby home. Whoever is playing the music may assume that they are entertaining the neighbourhood, which should be appreciated.

Most Bermudians want people to enjoy themselves, but it is misunderstood that this is acceptable at the expense of creating discomfort to others with loud music.

When police are called, it is usually a last resort because the guilty party can often take a very negative attitude towards the complainant. Perhaps the Government should review the existing legislation governing excessive noise to determine whether a tightening of laws to protect citizens may be needed to drive home the message that no citizen in our island communities should feel helpless in having to deal with this problem.

It is generally accepted that in our modern society there are noises from large vehicles along with construction machinery, which is a part of today’s world. Those are sounds most of us have adjusted to as part of progress.

Hopefully, this subject will not become a question of squabbling over rights. We all cherish our freedoms in this modern world; exercising that freedom calls for more consideration in what we do and how it affects others.

The general easing of the lockdown, as the Government assesses the health threat from the coronavirus, will be undoubtedly welcomed by all. But not without caution.

The experience should be a lesson for all that during a crisis, such as this pandemic that is still sweeping much of the world, being more considerate for others is one way of working together for the benefit of seeing some light and the end of the tunnel.

That should be a priority because success will depend on how well we link arms together throughout this challenge. Respecting each other will go a long way towards improving the Bermuda we love and call home.

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Published May 9, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 9, 2020 at 7:55 am)

The case against loud music

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