Vail Daily letter: Really, too loud
Vail, CO, Colorado
The Vail Valley Foundation is to be commended for enabling the residents and visitors to Vail to experience ongoing entertainment throughout the summer. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year’s International Dance Festival and some of the Hot Summer Nights presentations.
I suggest, however, that the foundation take a more active role in controlling the sound levels that in too many cases are infuriatingly loud and, in my opinion, damaging to one’s hearing, especially to the toddlers and other young children present at the Chali 2Na concert.
To be specific, not only did I not stay for more than 30 seconds of the first “song,” but when I saw a half-dozen or so children wandering around, playing with their fingers in their ears, I decided it was time to write to you.
On my way out, I noticed quite a few adults with hearing aids. Suddenly, it became more apparent that the children and other adults who paid no heed to the distorted, deafening sound levels will be the ones wearing hearing aids in the not-too-distant future.
When asked why I was leaving so soon, I said, facetiously, that unless they made the sound loud enough so the fine folks up at Piney Lake, or at least on the north side of I-70, could enjoy the music, I wasn’t satisfied.
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Then, on my way out, just for kicks, I asked one of the young ladies who checked bags at the entrance if she could understand any of Chali 2Na’s lyrics. Her answer was “No.” That was an understatement.
Seriously, we have warning labels on cigarettes, alcohol, medicines, etc., yet there is absolutely no thought given to the safety of our children’s hearing when it comes to something as simple to control as distorted sound levels at a concert.
I will attend future concerts and give the artists the benefit of the doubt. I can always leave. Children cannot. Some artists realize that their talent is blurred when they have to compete with their sound engineers. Others do not understand that louder is not always better.
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