screaming in the morning

Hip Hop Tattoo

It’s official: I have turned into what I always vowed I wouldn’t. An old fogey.

Last week, Alex’s ear buds (less than a $15 purchase) crapped out, and all of a sudden I am hearing what had thankfully been the boy’s private world of sound. It’s been driving me nuts ever since.

There has been audio competition with the dialogue to my chosen films and TV shows. Endless repetition of the same song loops at night. Screaming in the morning. As necessary as coffee. Whatever it takes to jump-start Alex at the beginning of the day or put him into a “zone” at night.

Like I said: an old fogey.

I like to think of myself as a tolerant person, but there are certain “vibes” I have heretofore kept out of my world because they are just too abrasive. Head-banger music. Heavy metal. Screaming, violent music. Rap.

When Alex’s ear buds still worked, Estrella Vista had remained a heaven-on-earth. A good place to think. Now? Well, quite the opposite.

Like I said: an old fogey, and a cheapskate, too.

I cannot imagine why (until this morning) I had not asked Alex to just order a new pair of earbuds. Or why this hadn’t become a priority for him. They can be here in a couple days, plus they’re only twelve-and-a-half bucks. A small price to restore heaven.

Alex, on the other hand, is in a world of sound that I find very caustic. It is what he knows. It fits with the aggressive side of his nature. He says he finds it motivating.

Far be it from me to try and change his tastes. I would not be successful, plus he would resent me for trying. Many young people cannot imagine their music isn’t universally appealing. They cannot imagine that they may one day outgrow it, just as we did.

This is the song that I heard close to a hundred times last night.


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2 Responses to “screaming in the morning”

  1. 1 Steve Booth
    November 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I enjoy “Geezer” myself. Headphones or buds are a life saver for intergenerational relationships. I vaguely remember asking my parents to listen to Joan Baez or Bob Dylan and they could not imagine why I listened to such depressing music(I don’t remember even asking them to listen to Rock). My younger kids and grandkids occasionally ask me to listen to their music and I am usually unhappy with the noise and occasionally the lyrics but they usually know not to play misogynist or really violent stuff around me. My one rule is that if I hear the music in their buds overpowering my sound when they open their mouths I push them to turn it down. Good luck you are both lucky to have each other. It can be hard to remember that at times. Best to you both. Did Alex get glasses? Pax. Steve

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    November 11, 2014 at 1:31 am

    As a certified “geezer” who is STILL into punk rock and most genres of metal, I’d love to hear where Alex’s tastes in music run. You do seem a little tame in your tastes, Dan, so I can see how death metal and other “violent” music forms could be a turnoff for you. I detest rap and also the harsher metal genres where the vocalist growls raspily rather than even trying to communicate some verbal message. Even Johnny Rotten was lyrical (!) at times. Contemporary punk and grunge are sooooo depressing, so some loud raucous death metal can be an invigorating alternative. But when your 15-year-old grandson excitingly tells you about some old punk treasure he has just discovered and that you first heard live at CBGB, now that’s pricelss!

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