Saturday, April 21, 2012

Why I Don't Sing Out Loud When I Wear My Headphones

This is considered normal:


But this isn't:


Much like talking to yourself in public, singing when you wear headphones breaks social conventions and makes you look like a crazy person. It's okay to sing along when you catch a song playing on the radio, but the activity becomes verboten once you pop on the headphones or earbuds. Your horrible voice is expected to remain private.

But the reason why I don't sing out loud when I wear my headphones? I don't need to advertise my presence to others when I'm jamming to Rod Stewart on the cardio machines. (And this is coming from someone who likes to break into dance routines in the middle of stores.)

Barb the French Bean

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  1. Haha! I can't see how talking on your phones like that is socially acceptable when singing with earphones in isn't?!x

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    1. Especially when you are working out, too. Come on, people: when you are at the gym, focus on getting healthy instead!

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  2. I sing with my earphones all the time. My favourite was when I was on a long train journey and had a Ricky Gervais podcast in my ears and was laughing out loud, with tears tripping down my face! People moved carriages! Love Elle xo

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    1. LOL! Did you also give your fellow passengers the "crazy eyes?" :D

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  3. I should try listening to Rod when I'm on them. I don't like talking on a phone in public either, nevermind singing.

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    1. Seriously, though, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" has an excellent beat to workout to.

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  4. Oh I am horrible when it comes to that, I've been known to break into song, mid conversation in a hotel when something I know comes in.... it's quite fun :)

    xx

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    1. Ha ha. I sometimes break into a dance routine in the middle of stores while I sing along to the music (much to Hanny's chagrin)! :D

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  5. It's super annoying when somebody sings along with their earphones on the train, especially when their voice is not something to be heard!

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    1. I was once stuck on a long bus ride from Spain to France, and said bus was filled with Portuguese tourists. One of them took out his phone and then started to play peppy music at full volume. @_@

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  6. Hahaha I hear you. But not you singing. I don't hear that. :P

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    1. Well, we are on the internet. I'd be kinda worried if you did. ^.^

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  7. I'm so guilty of this. But I only do it at home while I work out or write. My kids yell at me to stop it. And then torment the heck out of me about how horrible my tone-deaf singing voice is. LOL

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    1. Even at home, this proves to be unacceptable. :P Poor you!

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  8. I actually wish that more people would sing along with their headphones in public. It's just entertaining.

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  9. I occasionally sing along to things while wearing headphones, but I do it very quietly so people don't notice. Also, I sometimes have to restrain urges to dance in public, if I'm listening to something extra funky.

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  10. I also break in to random dance routines. I, however, do not find it acceptable for people to be talking loudly on cell phones at the gym. Seriously people, put them down for a half hour. No one is going to die if you aren't on the phone all damn day.

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    1. Amen. Why bother working out if you aren't going to concentrate on exercising?

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  11. It should be acceptable to sing loudly to people who are on cellphones...sing right in their faces. Or slap them. :)

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    1. Maybe we could also start to choreograph Broadway dance numbers, too. :)

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  12. I sing with my headphones..as in I mouth the words but no sound comes out. I look insane.

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    1. (I tend to do that as well. Shhhhh...)

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  13. lolol! That was hilarious! lolol... Your work is a hoot!

    I don't often have headphones in unless I am at work and my Kindle is reading to me.

    All moot. I talk to myself all of the time. If I am aware that someone is listening (which I usually am not) I tell them that I am NOT talking to them--so they don't feel the need to try to listen and then understand.

    Because...most of my conversations with myself defy understanding :-)

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    1. At least you are polite enough to inform other people that you aren't having a conversation with them. ^.^

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  14. I listen to a lot of musical theatre on my iPod.

    I have a nasty habit of MEMORIES! ALL ALONE IN THE MOONLIGHT without warning. People tend to be a little put out by this.

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  15. The picture of you singing made me laugh out loud. Honestly, it drives me crazy when people next to me are talking on cellphones - mainly because I can only eavesdrop on one half of the conversation.

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    1. Heh heh. It is a frustrating situation! ;)

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  16. Oh, LOL! I'm a regular headphone-wearer, and I love me my songs, so--yeah, you see where this is going. I get apprehensive looks a lot.

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    1. You also get the "shifty eyes," too?

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  17. Hahahaha! I think you should sing, and then make the people around you guess the name of the song. Maybe at least hum.

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    1. Hm. I *can* hum on pitch. Not a bad idea...

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  18. Hahaha! I LOVE this! My son always sings along with his headphones while he's doing housework. I don't mind at all, because he's DOING HOUSEWORK. :D

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    1. That's all that really matters, anyway. (Does he sometimes sing "Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go?")

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  19. This is a riot!! What a great classic song! Here's that Rod Stewart song, in case someone wants to try singing along for a minute or two:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIlHt_syoSE

    But on a serious note, I'd rather hear Rod Stewart sing-alongs than adjacent cell phone conversation. Give me a dime so I can phone my mother!

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    1. They catch a cab to his high-rise apartment...^.^

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  20. I say sing... SING!!!

    Just don't forget that people will still hear you pass gas, even if you think they can't because of the music.

    Not that you would do that. Or that I would do that.

    Okay... I did that.

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  21. But that's such a great song. I am not sure people would mind as much as you think. They may even join in. I definitely would.

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    1. I don't think the people at my gym would join if they happened to be talking on their phones. :P

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  22. LMAO!!! I hate people who talk on their phones in the gym (I talk on my phone at the gym - I know! :|) I do think it's important that everyone takes every available opportunity to advertise Rod Stewart though... xx

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    1. Hee hee. He is one who deserves to be celebrated!

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  23. You and I sing to the same song at the gym?

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