2010.05.19 Ray and Cheryl Cowgill: Downtown music not appreciated

Written by David Green.

We not only own Milestones downtown, but we also have made our home upstairs. It’s been this way for more than 10 years and for the most part we enjoy it. We have a nice comfortable home with a deck with a fountain, a garden, and a gentle breeze that flows through the loft on a warm pleasant day when I open the windows. I like the sound of the fountain when I’m on the deck, working in my kitchen or in the sitting room. I like sitting quietly listening to music while I read.

After reading last week’s editorial by DGG, I’ve given considerable thought to what nickname I might receive as I say we absolutely object to music playing downtown 11 hours a day. We would object to waking up to it, if we’re trying to watch TV, or if we’re just appreciating the quiet time when everyone leaves for home about 5 p.m. and I work in my gardens...just me and the birds.

The Christmas barrage was more than enough for us. We don’t want someone else’s music choices coming into our home. I might be having a Nora Jones kind of day or a Brad Paisley or even a Beyoncé day. The male side of “we” prefers no music at all. We should be allowed that choice in our home.

I did read the names of the “Chamber” members and did not see any who would be subjected to the music for long periods. They are all people who are either shut up in their air conditioned offices or not even in town.

We would expect that our neighbors where we live would object if we were noisily upsetting their households, just as we hope our neighbors would respect us enough not to disrupt our home life with their choices.

If anyone does not understand our objections, I’ll be glad to find a big ol’ boombox, set it up on their front lawn and let it play full blast while they are home relaxing for a few hours. It’s just a thought.

We do object to any music playing downtown all summer, and bravo, DGG.

 – Ray and Cheryl Cowgill

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