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Monday, September 21, 2009

Musing Mondays (BIG) Musing Monday is hosted by Becca of Just One More Page. Pop over and read lots of interesting comments & post your own. This week Boppin'-Becca asks...

Do you listen to music while reading? Does this change if you’re reading in or out of your house? Do you have a preference of music for such occasions?

I'm a big fan of quiet. When I'm at home I read in my bedroom which is far enough away from the madding crowd to be a quiet space requiring no musical interference - just me and a book and quiet.

When I'm out however I choose music of my own rather than listen to the noises the world imposes on me. I notice this especially in the canteen at work. Uni students can be rowdy in their breaks from scholarly pursuits and our canteen sounds like a football match where the home team is winning.

My IPod is my best friend in this situation. I pop in my earphones and suddenly I'm in a tranquil world of my own device. My IPod is relatively new (got it for mother's day) and I so love it! Now I understand what the fuss is all about I'm wondering why it took me so long to get on the IPod band-waggon and, of course, I want the next one with more gigs (mine's 8 but I've a friend with a 120 and it looks awesome) the grass is always greener - really what would I do with all that gig-power ***laughs at herself***

I listen to instrumental - jazz, classical, new age - because any lyrics create too many words inside my head, they get in the way of the words on the page.

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Dawn said...

That's the problem I find--lyrics get in the way! I, too, find solace in quiet when I am focused on a book.

The Social Frog said...

Quiet is good while reading :)www.thesocialfrog.com

caite said...

I am not a fan of quiet, at least in my house. So I always have background "noise", even while reading. But I totally agree that can't be lyrics. Way to distracting...

booktrash said...

I hear you on the lyrics getting in the way. My problem, though, it that the quiet gets in the way - all the little incidental noises distract me, but if I'm listening to music I know well, it's easier to tune it out! Lyrics in foreign languages (or made-up languages, like Adiemus) are good too as if you don't understand a word of it, it's just instrumental, really.

The Book Resort said...

Oh, Wendy, I am so w/ you on the lyrics getting in the way. i really relate to a lot of what you posted. Thank you, Wendy!

Here's mine:

http://thebookresort.blogspot.com/2009/09/musing-mondays_21.html