Sunday, April 14, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Luckily the music in our studios was turned down enough for us to hear your responses to our doc.
Oh, I am so with you Frank Faulk.Obnoxious music blasted at levels no industrial plant could legally allow is the norm these days. I've ceased trying to understand why restaurants do this, I simply stay away from these places. Unfortunately, the problem seems to be spreading -- everywhere.
As someone involved in my workplace health and safety committee - the existence of which is legislated in all jurisdictions - I wonder if these young wait staffers interviewed are aware of the long-term costs they and their employers are inflicting.Second-hand smoke as a workplace exposure and risk factor for lung cancer for wait staff in bars and pubs has been established. How many hard-of-hearing people is the loud restaurant industry now generating?
I enjoyed Frank Faulk's report, but I was left with the impression that only those over 40 are frustrated by the trend to oppressively loud music. That is not the case.I am in my early thirties, and I too am frustrated. I, like you, find the music volume intolerable in many eating and drinking establishments.The problem of overly loud music is not about age, and I think you do a disservice to your legitimate concerns by painting it that way.
Three cheers, but not loud ones, for your excellent item on the intolerable intrusiveness of loud music in far too many restaurants. Yet why do you assume it is inconceivable that you can ask for the music to be turned down? In restaurants I often ask. I virtually always succeed. And you'd be amazed at the thanks I get from people at nearby tables (if they can manage to hear me asking), and from waiters themselves!And while we're on this topic, have you noticed how often the music is virtually deafening at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other festive events? As a blind person, I cannot lip-read, so that blasted, blasting music makes it impossible for me to communicate in such settings. At my wedding, we kept the music down. I got so many messages of thanks and relief from our guests.A word of advice to your listeners: In a restaurant, feel free to ask your waiter to turn down the loud music! If enough of us ask, that annoying practice of blasting music can be beaten! And do the same at your weddings and other festive events. Your friends and family will thank you!
Perhaps it's an overly politically-correct Vancouver thing, but I just don't run into this problem. Even the cool restaurants aren't that loud here, or maybe I'm just not cool and don't go to the loud places. If I do go to a bar, I expect it to be loud, the same way bars are loud in every city across the globe pretty much universally.
I am sick of it. And if the loud music isn't bad enough in some establishments they have the loud music playing over muted TVs showing sports.When was the turning point? When did we go from being a society that valued smart table talk to one where we need the endless distractions of TVs, music, Ipads and ringing cellphones in a dining atmosphere?Are our conversations so bereft of interesting topics? Is the food we eat simply a way to fill the stomach and not to be noticed or savored in peace?I long for a bar with no music at all. I crave a dining experience where I don't feel like I'm in a music video.
A few years ago my family took me out to Toqué, an upscale Montreal restaurant. As we were waiting for the food to arrive I noticed that a man at a table near us was wearing a baseball cap. Like you, I felt a certain amount of outrage and pointing him out to my family I said, "Look at that jerk!"When the meal was over we walked by the table and I got a better look at the baseball-cap wearing gentleman. It was Stephen Speilberg.