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Old 04-09-2016, 09:29 PM
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I almost never listen to music or the radio for that matter in the car or anywhere else. I've got an active mind, I think about a lot of things and I find the radio/music annoying. I also only watch TV about 3 hours a day.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:30 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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Originally Posted by BellaDL View Post
Headphones are invented so that each person can enjoy his or her own music. Why should someone else's music preference drowns out my own preference be it music or the sound of silence.

I can not say the same about generally find something to appreciate in a tune!

Have you had your ear drums blown out by thunderous rap music from the car next to you at a stop light?

I usually enjoy live music at a restaurant but had a horrible experience while dining at a restaurant in Quito, Ecuador. It was my first day at 10,000' altitude. I was nursing a mild headache but went for dinner with the diving group anyway.

We were serenaded by a quartet of musicians. I don't remember what type of music that they played but the ear piercing loud music and the high pitch, high decibel voice of the singer gave me a splitting headache. I bolted out of the restaurant!
Amen to that! One person's music can be another person's noise.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:11 AM
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I have a collection of hundreds of albums which I burned to high quality MP3s. I always thought that I would spend a lot of time in retirement listening to music. In 5 years since I burned the MP3s, I have hardly listened to any of them. I find I am more interested in doing things myself and less interested in listening and watching others.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:31 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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We listen to rock most of the time at home...from the 60's classics (Beatles, Stones, etc) to 70's, 80's, 90's, I like some of the newer artists but not much from the rap genre. To me rap is annoying, I can't understand the words and probably wouldn't like them much if I did anyway. We also listen to smooth jazz as background music for just about anything from driving to dinner parties. It's pretty much non-offensive to everyone, non-distracting, and doesn't overpower conversation. Sometimes when we are driving we listen to podcasts from people who have interesting talk shows. We like Clark Howard and his financial show, it's educational about a topic we all are interested in...saving money. Sometimes I like silence if I'm concentrating, or just enjoying the sounds of nature. I can concentrate pretty well even with music, it's just always in my head. If I'm not listening, I'm probably humming/singing silently in my head, I like to dance and people catch me dancing in the kitchen or wherever I am, even when the music is off.

My DH's parents used to listen to Sinatra and big band music all the time at home. I will forever associate that music with them and their retirement home.
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:00 AM
Location: Tennessee
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I have an ITunes account. I have a desktop. I listen to music I purchased while at my computer doing other things. Don't need headphones, live alone. Like all kinds of music except jazz. Right now, I have 278 songs (various artists) on my ITunes Playlist.

I play a lot of old tunes (50's and 60's) on YouTube, too.

On long road trips, I burn some CDs from my I-Tunes playlist so I have music in the car for the trip. I used to have SiriusXM radio but didn't use it enough to justify it. Because I live so close to everything I do regularly wasn't spending a lot of time driving.

I stopped listening to current music in the 1990s. Now, my current music choice is country. Sometimes I watch the Top 20 Countdown on CMT. I like to watch musical documentaries, too. The one on The Eagles (4 hours long) is very good and is the last one I watched. Like the movies, too (Jersey Boys, TV movie on The Temptations, etc.)

When I was a kid I used to have records, watch American Bandstand, Lloyd Thaxton and Clay Cole. I listened to the radio a lot. My friends and I used to dance in our finished basements on Long Island.

I took a History of Rock and Roll class for 3 semesters since retired. That was fun.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:56 PM
Location: SoCal
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We tend to keep radio or tv on in the background, 'for company'. Now that I think, it's for white noise to camoflauge condo noises. Usually it's public radio or public TV, since commercial radio or TV tends to be laced with over-loud advertisements. When that gets tiresome, DH is inclined to search out some cherished music recordings. I sometimes opt for my favorite music, which is silence.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:35 AM
Location: RVA
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All the time. Classic Rock, from vinyl or tape. The Time Machine that works.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:06 AM
Location: CO
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Originally Posted by Perryinva View Post
All the time. Classic Rock, from vinyl or tape. The Time Machine that works.
LOL! I guess that's what my husband thinks!
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:15 AM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I usually do not have music on like my younger self had to have. On long drives to FL-NY or NY-IN, if we aren't conversing, we listen to music we like and then switch to audio books. At home, we have music on low in the background when we have company. We stream all our music at home and use an Amazon Echo. I ask her for a jazz, dinner, classic rock or light classical playlists, depending on who is visiting. Otherwise, I prefer to listen to nature when the weather permits or nothing at all most of the time.

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:28 AM
Location: Haiku
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Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
I love music, and attending and performing, but.... At home it is SILENT (usually). If a contractor (or kid / visitor) 'turns on tunes'... They are escorted off the property.

I just can't deal with unnecessary 'noise' / babble / interruptions. I am always thinking / listening / inventing / doing math in my head... I Can't process with noise.

YMMV, but please don't impose on others who may have sensitive hearing, and REALLY appreciate silence.
+1 to this.

I really like thinking about stuff that I read and music is a distraction to that. Besides, my hearing has gotten wonky the last few years. Tinnitus and roaring in my ears. Music does not help with that.

We have many friends who turn on NPR first thing in the morning. I like to read the news, not have it dictated to me. When I read it, I can skip ahead or re-read an interesting part.
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