Saturday, 27 August 2011

There's a kind of hush

I live within earshot of Rivermead, the location of the Reading Festival at this time every year.  Usually, I flee the country (to Wales), but for a couple of reasons (wind, rain) that hasn't been possible this year.   So I was rather dreading it.  I love music of nearly every kind (except finger-in-the-ear yokel-folk and massed bagpipes), but I'd rather select it for myself than have it, so to speak, thrust down my lugholes. 

But, so far, something's wrong.  I can hardly hear it.  Admittedly the wind direction is variable, which makes a difference - so maybe Caversham is getting the best of it.  But even allowing for the wind, it's just not loud enough!  Time was, here half a mile away, windows would be trembling, chimneypots wobbling.  What's wrong with the kids of today?  Don't they know how to make a proper noise any more?  I didn't even notice much loud music during the riots.

As I write, I'm ducking between BBC3 and the garden.   Jarvis is giving the performance of his life on the telly, but all I can hear outside is the twiddly synth bits.  I've turned the TV up to 11 (38 actually), and it still sounds tinny.  Crank up the bass, guys, FFS.  I should be down Notting Hill, where they used to know how to do loud.  Still, Elbow are headlining tomorrow; I might wander down Cow Lane, G&T in hand, at about eight.

8 comments :

  1. See how it goes tomorrow. If you can't tell your Cocker from your Elbow you are in trouble.

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  2. Elbow were as brilliant as they were when I discovered them back in '08 at a live gig somewhere near Chester. Nice to sing along to 'Hey Jude' at the end.

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  3. Maybe the problem's with your own hearing?

    I SAID MAYBE THE PROBLEM'S WITH YOUR OWN HEARING

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  4. Not at all, Macy. I heard that all the way from Cheesetown, even over the squeals of the departing festivalettes down Rivermead and the rumble of the M4 two miles from here.

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  5. Where's Rosie's blog gone????

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  7. Good heavens Tim, you live just round the corner! (Very loosely speaking)

    We spent the weekend within earshot of Leeds Carnival and I can tell you, they know how to wobble the windows up there!

    (may I also email you?)

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  8. Hi Mig, yes, I'd guessed from your posts that you lived somewhere nearby.
    Feel free to email.

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