First, let me say that I play my car stereo loud...really loud. I have a bass booster and a nice amp...even an overhead speaker toolbar. So I likes me some loud music!
But I always turn it down when I'm stopped at a red light.
My music is for me...it's not for you. Even though it's much cooler than the Linda Ronstadt you're singing along to in your mini-van. ;-)
No, this isn't about playing loud music in your car. This post is for those guys who fill their trunk with ridiculously large speakers that rumble bass so loud that it hurts to be sitting next to them at the stop light.
Tuesday, on my way home from work, I was sitting at a light, pretending I know all the words to Nickelback's song, Rock Star, when I suddenly felt my car moving. My stomach was vibrating. (Okay, it was jiggling...but do we really have to get that specific?) And seriously, I thought my head was going to split open. This kid pulls up next to me with his ridiculous bass pumping system, crouched down in the driver's seat with oversized sunglasses on and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I honestly don't know how this system wasn't hurting him. I bet he goes home complaining of headaches all the time.
Here's what I don't get: (And I realize I might sound like an old fogey here, but stay with me for a sec.) Can they hear the song? Cuz it seems to me that they've got the bass cranked so much that they can't hear the rest of the music that's being played. I play my music loud (not at stoplights)...but it's mixed to where I can hear the guitars, the drums, the bass, vocals, keyboards...whatever. But I honestly couldn't hear anything coming out of this car but bass. Maybe it wasn't even a song. Maybe it was just a music track of bass thumps over...and over...and over...again.
Let's be honest: How you listen to your music is up to you. I don't really care if you want to render yourself deaf before you turn 25. But how *I* listen to your music does concern me. And there's no reason for you to crank your bass system as you're sitting in the drive-thru or at a red light for all to hear. Be respectful. Turn it down. You can destroy your own ears while you're driving along if you like. But don't force me to listen to it while I'm trapped at a stop light.
Ridiculously loud car stereo systems: You Suck.