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Old 08-07-2011   #1
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Music on the river

Just want to get some feedback from other day trippers out there.

We recently came across a boater who had a CD player (or iPod...something) playing music on his boat quite loud. I could hear it well enough to recognize the song at last 80 yards downwind, and probably 40-50 yards upwind.

One of the things I like about day trips is the quiet in between rapids - getting away from media/noise, etc. Just the sound of the river...birds...whatever.

This seems like a relatively new phenomenon in my experience.

I prefer not to 'cop' the river, it's a public resource...on the other hand, I can't say I appreciate hearing someone's music in a place that (IMO) should be left to its own natural sounds.

What do you think?

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Old 08-07-2011   #2
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I'm with you on that.

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Old 08-07-2011   #3
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I agree. I own a device that can play tunes in the boat. Brought it along once and couldn't stand having it.

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Old 08-07-2011   #4
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We had a small group of excellent folk musicians camped next to us on a recent Rogue trip, and they were awesome to listen to in the evening. I have also been on trips where people brought guitars, harmonicas, etc. This kind of music on the river is enjoyable to me. But electronically reproduced music in camp or on the river doesn't appeal to me. I used to bring my I-Pod on trips for my own private listening pleasure with headphones, but rarely bring it now. My one electronic vice now is my Nook.
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Old 08-07-2011   #5
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I beleive there is a time and place for music, we bring a waterproof set of speakers with us depending on how long the trip is, Most of the time we do not play it but if we do we keep in quiet and make sure no other boat or person on the river can here it unless on our boat. I would be embarresed to be with a group that had there music load enough to impact someone elses river expierence.
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Old 08-07-2011   #6
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I agree, but wouldn't stop someone else from playing music if that's what they're into. Just catch an eddy, let them pass, then enjoy the peace that the river brings.
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Old 08-07-2011   #7
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I am sure that you could have caught an eddy and let them pass. Seriously, in all honestly maybe thats what they like to do on the river. Its their time too.

I personally enjoy a little music on the boat and music is a huge part of our overnight river trips. A little guitar, a little vocals. Usually me belting out bobby mcgee at the top of my lungs(badly I might add). But hey, if you dont like it or dont want to hear than eddy out.

Just be glad your on the moving water and not camping next to them all night.
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Old 08-07-2011   #8
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I'm a big fan of blasting Slayer on the river, then the new Weezy jam.

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Old 08-07-2011   #9
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Did you happen to get a peek at their setup? I'm trying to find a good way to do it via Bluetooth
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As long as is wasn't "Dueling Banjos" I wouldn't have a problem with it.

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