It was an unusual gathering, people were able to socialise and talk together without shouting over the excesses of music. A ceilidh group played pianissimo; it was gentle and lent itself to the atmosphere. The music did not intrude, it did not take over. I returned home having taken great pleasure from the party. How delightful it would be if more functions could really be called social and sociable gatherings.
As it is, music at parties of all sorts these days, is ear-drum splitting and a strain on the vocal chords to such an extent that it is easier, and probably safer, not to communicate with anyone at all. There is absolutely nothing sociable about that.