2010-07-16 / Letters

When Music Becomes Noise

Dear Editor,

I don’t know how many of us live on this peninsula or where we all come from, how many of us have been here for several generations, or recently arrived, nor what we have in us from our culture from those places. I would guess we come from every part of the world. As to how many of us live here, the 2010 census should tell us.

We all share one attribute; we enjoy having a good time. We have our parties at our homes which encompass backyards or front yards for those of us who have free standing homes. We also play “our music,” our tradition in these open spaces.

What I don’t understand is why the music has to be played at the highest, loudest decibel level that one’s equipment can put out. At this point the music is not just for the invited guests but for the whole neighborhood and beyond.

Another aspect that completely mystifies me is why music is played till three, four, or five o’clock in the early morning. At this point music becomes intrusive and abrasive; the melodies meld one onto another. It’s as if we were listening to one piece of music for hours at a time. New York City law requires such sound to be limited from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. I can only guess that people are ignorant of that law, or do not think it applies to them. Whichever it is, there is an overriding value that should be followed that is common courtesy to your neighbors.

To go beyond civility turns your music into just plain noise. Entertain your guests, but leave the rest of us in peace.

HARVEY RUDNICK

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