Music for my ears

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Music makes my life worth living. It also weakens other noises around you. Like the next-door-neighbour talking or just making other noises. Every other noise other than music disturbs me. I keep the radio on while I sleep, but if I hear talking before I do, it annoys me. I listen to music every day, so you can say it’s my life. I have Spotify Premium, so I can listen to it without ads. Those are annoying. It cost 10.99 euros per month, but that’s better than nothing. I can listen to songs that aren’t played on the radio. All those nostalgic music tunes. Love it.

I still buy CD’s from time to time, because I like the covers and the leaflets that go with them. Without music, movies and TV series wouldn’t be the same. Imagine them without sound. I can’t even. I usually don’t listen to classical music, but when it comes to drama, then it’s the best. My favourite music is 1980s music. We have a radio station that only plays 80s music. Sometimes they play too much of the same though, which can be a bit annoying. They have spoiled a few songs that I used to love, but now I don’t. One of them is ‘Living on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. Maybe the radio station doesn’t have the right to play anything else. They do play others song by them too, but especially that song. When I was 18, I went to drivers school and thought I would have a car, so I could blast my favourite songs. But I didn’t finish it. Now when I’m in driving school again and when I get the licence, I probably won’t play music that loud. At least not so everyone else can hear. I hate it when young people drive, and noise is blasting out of their cars. It’s not music, only annoying noise. There are differences between noise and music, you know.

I hardly listen to music outside with headphones, because then you won’t hear the birds singing. You see people with headphones on while they walk or cycle, and they don’t hear or see anything. It can be dangerous to walk like that in traffic. People walk around holding their phones in their hand, and even young kids do that. First of all, it looks silly and secondly you can get hit by a car if you only concentrate on your phone. They usually listen to music, and they don’t stop when they change the music. If I look at my mobile, I stop walking and then put it away. Mobile can’t be that important, so you want to risk your life for it. If you have a death wish, then just go ahead. Music is my life, but I don’t want to jeopardize my health with it. Not forgetting losing my hearing. It’s still good because I haven’t spoilt it in my youth by listening to music too loud. My hearing is so good. I can hear things that aren’t there. Even in a middle of a conversation, I can hear noises in the background. I don’t know if it’s because my hearing is so good or that I’m an introvert.

Music has been part of my life since I was a child. Listening to it and playing instruments. Not good enough to perform with one, but still playing for fun. I’ve tried a lot if different once, but there is one that I really would love to try. That is playing the violin. The only string instrument I have tried is the acoustic guitar, and that was difficult. So the violin must be even harder to learn to play. Maybe one day, I get to try one. Listening to music is more my thing, and I can’t live without it.

The Daily Post is teaching me English

its only wordsAs a non-English person, learning the language is never easy. There are a lot of English words I’ve never heard or seen before. The Daily Post one-word prompt today is; Cacophony. I looked it up on Google like I always do when I don’t know a word and I must say, oh boy what a word to pronounce. In a way, The Daily Post is teaching me English. There has been a lot of words I didn’t know about. I don’t use difficult words in daily life. I come from a working-class background so I don’t know any fancy words in any language. I don’t know why something has to have a difficult word. Simple is always the best. Does knowing fancy words make people feel smart or something? It only makes people feel they’re better than everybody else. You could say things in a simple way. Cacophony could just be called noise. How many English speakers use that word anyway? But learning new words you don’t know can be interesting even if you never use them.

When it comes to the cacophony, I’m quite sound sensitive. I can concentrate if the music is on but if there’s talking or any other noise, I get distracted. Sometimes it even disturbs me so much that I get irritated. Living in a flat even the neighbours moving about in the stairs disturb me. I must have a very good hearing if I can even hear the smallest sounds. Maybe the neighbours are just loud. Party people are the worst. They make so much cacophony when they play loud music and shouts at the same time. If that isn’t enough, some neighbours shut their doors with a bang like they were in a bad mood. Especially at night when you’re trying to sleep and they come home. Bang! Almost giving me a heart attack. You can close your door quieter. There is doorknob for a reason. People have no respect for other people anymore. When I come home at night, I close to door quietly by turning the doorknob. Some are just thick in the head it seems.

Living in a city there’s a lot of cacophonies that you can’t take away entirely. You just have to live with it. But you can get away from it for a while. What’s so good about Finland is that there are places where no one is around. One of them is the forest. In my city, you don’t need a car to get to nature. You can take the bus or cycle there. Even the cemeteries are close by. At weekdays there are workers who use different types of machinery but at the weekend there’s no cacophony. Some peace and quiet for a while are good for your mental health.

That’s the whole cacophony thing. Thank you The Daily Post for teaching me a new word once again. I’m sure I’ll never use the word cacophony but it did fill my English vocabulary.





Put the volume down


It seems people have become hard of hearing. But it’s no wonder since they listen to loud music. There’s this thing called a volume button. It’s the one where you can put the volume down. Especially young people doesn’t understand how to use it. These microcars are really popular and it’s usually young men who keep blasting their stereos in them. It’s not even real music. It’s continuous noise. They can destroy their hearing as much as they like but why do others have to suffer the same. I can’t understand why someone wants to have tinnitus voluntarily. It’s only when they get older, they realise they can’t hear very well. But then it’s too late to do anything about it.

What’s even worse are home parties. If cars are blasting, it’s only when they drive by. But when it’s in the same building as you, it’s continuous. Especially if it’s at night and you’re trying to sleep. If it’s not the music, it’s the noise they party goers make. If they put the volume down on their stereos, they wouldn’t have to shout. But no they have to be noisy. If you live in a department building, you should consider your neighbours. It seems people have no respect for house rules anymore. You can’t really go and tell them to keep the volume down because you never know what kind of violent people lives there. Drunk people should never be trusted.

Then there are these shouting morons in the street in the middle of the night. I got to experience one of those last night when I walked home from my father’s place. The strange thing was that these punks were only kids. It was almost 4 am and they were still out with their bikes. What kind of parents let their kids stay that late is beyond me. I’ve never seen these kids before and they kept cycling after me. I was just walking like anybody and they kept shouting something. Then out of the blue one of these spoilt brats started to yell at me. I thought, WTF what have I ever done to them. They were typical bullies and they wanted to prove something. I was actually a bit scared they would do something. Kids in packs can do anything. That kid kept shouting insults at me. I didn’t hear what since I just wanted to go home and I tried not to pay attention. One of those words was a homo. How would he know what sexuality I am? I’m sure he didn’t even know the meaning of the word. I was absolutely appalled how some kids behave these days. I just happened to be there. They could have just cycled passed but they decided to disturb me instead. These little punks probably gonna end up in jail one day. Future criminals. I thought I would be followed home but luckily they went somewhere else. There’s always one leader and the other are his sheep. I have never been in a situation like that before. There’s always strange people walking around at night but I never thought underaged kids would still be outside at that hour. They should be home in bed at that time and it doesn’t matter it’s their summer holiday. Summer makes some people really soft in the head.

This world is full of noise and it’s getting worse. Have people forgotten to appreciate silence? Even kids can’t be quiet. They go out to the park or the beach and bring their stereos there. If it’s not that, its headphones. They can’t go anywhere without music. Listening to the birds and other nature sounds are much more relaxing. As much as I love music, I still don’t need to listen to it all day. People are just too attached to their mobiles and other gadgets. They’re slaves to technology and common sense is lost. Soon their hearing is getting worse. So how about putting the volume down or at least use headphones so others don’t have to listen to your bad taste is music. There’s no need to shout either so the volume of your voice doesn’t need to be so loud. The obvious seem to be the hardest thing to understand.