Scourge of mu­sic

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

What is it that seems to com­pel us to fill every breath­ing mo­ment with mu­sic, or noise that some call mu­sic?

The re­cent re­port of stranded pas­sen­gers in Welling­ton Air­port’s ter­mi­nal hav­ing to doss down to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of ‘‘rap mu­sic’’ at 3am is not only thought­less on the part of the air­port man­age­ment, but is an­other in­stance of this mod­ern scourge.

Su­per­mar­kets, shops, cafes, restau­rants, shop­ping malls, back­ground to ra­dio an­nounce­ments; you name it, it’s ev­ery­where. It’s mu­sic that is not nec­es­sar­ily of one’s per­sonal taste, of­ten too in­tru­sive and dis­tract­ing for com­fort, and some­times out­right inap­pro­pri­ate.

It’s as though we are not now per­mit­ted to shop in peace or to en­joy qual­ity, quiet con­ver­sa­tion when out. Lament the pass­ing of the sound of silence. GARRY WHINCOP


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