Seems like every year, about this time of year, I write this post. But it's another season, and so here we go again.
The 2016 concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion kicked off this past weekend with country superstar Jason Aldean. From my house, I heard a little bit of the concert for about a half hour, then nothing.
And for me, that wasn't enough. Part of the reason why I moved to Stevens Forest was the proximity to Merriweather, and the promise of hearing concerts from the pavilion. Having been a child of when Symphony Woods was REALLY Symphony Woods, I was really excited about it. And I have friends in Oakland Mills who can hear a lot more of the concerts than I do.
I'm sure the fine folks involved with managing Merriweather wished there were more people like me around. Because, now that concert season's here, so too, comes another round of People Who Think Merriweather Is Too Damn Loud. Over the past few weeks, the HCCA listserve has blossomed with letters of people who were already sharpening their knives to attack the problem, before the problem even presented itself. And, like often happens when people get themselves worked up without justification (life hint: there's nothing very much in the world worth getting yourself worked up over) the complaint emails about "that concert was just too loud" are now wasting valuable electrons.
I'm all with those who complained about the Sweetlife Festival last year. That happens to be coming up this weekend and I have every expectation that the decibel levels will be more reasonable. And, know what? I'm sure that if Merriweather played host to a mime convention, that someone, somewhere, would be complaining about the noise. In other words, no one, and nothing, is perfect. To hop on your high horse and complain-- well, you're covering up your own insecurities.
And there is precious little in any single one of these emails/gripes/spleen vents about "the terrible noise from Merriweather" that presents any sort of a reasonable, measured solution to the problem. So sorry, PWTMITDL. It's a concert pavilion, in the middle of a community of a hundred thousand. There's gonna be noise.
Let's be careful out there.
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