June 19, 2009


Sound of Siggingfriggin Music Festival

Oh, Burlington is positively abuzz with the Sound of Music Festival. 25th Anniversary, apparently.

Which means I've been hating it for 25 years.

Oh, shut up. If you lived in the core, you too would hate the damned thumping and crashing for 4 straight days. Last night, with our windows clamped tight to keep out the wonderful breeze and the exploding noise from 6 blocks away, I had a ceiling fan on high to try to make some white noise. Please tell the sound engineers not to worry - nothing was going to interrupt their genius.

I already have a moronic neighbour out back who destroys pretty much every weekend from May until October with their lousy taste in music and beer...but at least them I can occasionally do something about. Seriously. 3:30 in the morning is too much for me.

The Festival has grown and grown and grown. It is now, I'm told, an international draw. It's probably the biggest thing Burlington hosts, even bigger than the Rib Slopping Eating Fest that takes place later in the year. Forgive me, but driving by and seeing long lines of picnic tables full of people gnawing on ribs, covered in sauce from ear to ear and elbow to elbow lacks a little something.

If you saw a list of the bands playing at the Sound of Music, you would agree it's a pretty great event. Every year, there are more and more I know of. Which is terrific. They keep adding days to it. It is an event you would definitely want to put on your calendar if you're a music buff. Or not even. Our downtown core is gorgeous, and it's a really great social event. For four straight days.

And I would like it too. If I could show up and partake, and then leave it behind. Instead, it's like pitching a tent in the middle of Disneyland, and being told you can't leave. I'm not exaggerating. We can't hear anything over the music when we're in our own yard, and it's tough to shut it out even inside our house.

Four days. Sigh.

Don't bother calling me a scrooge. I don't care.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you might want to turn on your AC as the temp. out there is supposed to be 28 degrees, too hot to close up all the windows.

enjoy!
Roz

p.s. I won't be seeing you this weekend.

June 19, 2009 6:30 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Oh boy, four days and nights. I guess it's pointless asking for requests that you'd like to hear? You've hated it for 25 years... is it really bad music?What kind of stuff is it?

June 19, 2009 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can well imagine the noise...Burn some hydro. Fire up the a/c and pray for four days of rain...

Rob...

June 20, 2009 5:40 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

My ex sister in law was singing at the festival and my Mother (who lives just north of the event) was there to enjoy it all. At the end of it she packed up her little chair and headed home... to Brant and Highway 5. Where not a peep of noise can be heard. She feels for you.

Oh... and she hates it when they close the roads for those 10K races too. Mind you she also doesn't like little two seat convertables. So she's obviously not completely competent... mentally speaking.

June 24, 2009 10:50 PM  

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