Musical Distractions...

... a question, if you will be so enjoyable this morning as to satisfy my whims... when you write in a journal or read a book, what music (if any) do you have on in the background... do you have the television on?... news or talk-show in the background?.... or what about when you are blogging or reading a blogs?... does your choice of tunes change accordingly depending on whether you are reading with a book in your lap or peering at a computer screen?.. are they the same selections?...

... just curious, that's all... see, the subject came up yesterday, and I've been mulling it over all afternoon... I have certain songs that are in my music library that distract me incredibly.. if they come on, I have to stop whatever I'm doing... reading, blogging... whatever... those songs reduce me to a retarded looking whiteboy attempting to butt-dance in his easy chair... I can't dance anyway, and I can only imagine what kind of jiggly spastic I resemble when grooving to those tunes... so no writing when that's going on... it's a hideous episode....

... other songs, though?... I put them on repeat and they just fade into the wallpaper... Zen me right the hell out... and before I know it, I've listened to the song twenty times non-stop... Sinatra's "My First Affair" or just about any version of "One For My Baby" soak through me without issue....

.. but other stuff is just too frantic.... music not only soothes the heart of a savage beast, but it also distracts the hell right out of me.. maybe I should focus on being less savage... maybe that would help...

... so, music or no music while reading/writing blogs?... what's playing where you're at right now?....

by Eric on January 29, 2006 | Bullshit (16) | TrackBack (0) | Music
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No music when I'm reading. I like to compartmentalize things and when I'm listening to music..or reading, then I want my full attention on the author of the music or book or blog article.

Bullshitted by Kelly on January 29, 2006 08:39 AM

No music (which may surprise some), but it would tend to distract me, albeit a pleasant source of distraction. When I'm reading a book, I've been known to put on a CD (and set it to repeat) that is the recording of a thunderstorm.

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on January 29, 2006 09:23 AM

Right now? A Stanford podcast - philosophy talk. The language of fiction. Or something like that...

Good morning :)

Bullshitted by A-Heldin on January 29, 2006 09:23 AM

Jazz is the best for background... few lyrics to distract from writing... anything from the 60s is just too nostaligic... I always want to sing along...

Bullshitted by Libby on January 29, 2006 09:32 AM

The music changes here from week to week...

some weeks it is The Clash, Ramones, The Killers...

Other weeks Miles Davis, Billie Holiday

David Bowie

Velvet Underground

Johnny Cash


ussually, whatever it is, I will saturate myself in it for a week or so...

this week honey I am telling you it is Leela James, and Angie Stone...soulful beautiful voices

I am a musical pyschopath

Bullshitted by ArmyWifeToddlerMom on January 29, 2006 10:41 AM

no music when reading or writing... I pick up on auditory cues before visual ones.

... And because you are so important, I like to give you my full attention....

Bullshitted by RSM on January 29, 2006 10:52 AM

Not music, usually. It tends to distract me. But I have the news or weather chanel on pretty much 24/7. In the other room, but on.

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 29, 2006 11:22 AM

Normally, all I have is the peaceful strains of a nine-year old girl and her friends giggling and shreiking at one another, or my roommate's screaming at one another. Tacking music onto the already cacaphonous tones that reverberate around this abode, would definately derail my train of thought.

Bullshitted by Johnny - Oh on January 29, 2006 11:27 AM

I always have music on in the background, and what i'm listening to has more to do with my mood that particular day, and how much caffeine i have in my system (or need in my system). Music really hasn't distracted me since college. In fact, silence is horribly distracting.

KT Tunstall and James Blunt are good for work/blog reading/writing, though...

However, if I am listening to something sad, or frenetic, or romantic, it will seep over into my blog and taint whatever I'm writing. Or influence it. Or whatever you'd call it.

Bullshitted by trouble on January 29, 2006 11:46 AM

Elevator music turned down low. Kind of like a piano bar where I can hear myself think over the music. Sometimes nothing but a TV playing in another room just for the background noise.

Bullshitted by GUYK on January 29, 2006 11:47 AM

Right this very moment, since you asked, I'm watchin/listenin' to Arturo Gatti beat the everlovin' dog snot out of some danish dude.

Gatti's broken his right hand but keeps on fightin' with it. Balls.

Earlier, I was persuin' the Gladiator soundtrack...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on January 29, 2006 11:50 AM

What Richmond said.

Bullshitted by Indigo on January 29, 2006 03:16 PM

Last post I wrote was done while watching an old episode of M*A*S*H. Helped me to find the muse.

Bullshitted by erica on January 29, 2006 04:05 PM

Listening to Il Divo right now but no music when I'm reading a book but don't mind it for the bloggin' thing.

Bullshitted by Sandy on January 29, 2006 04:49 PM

I forgot to mention...I do some of my best blogging to AC/DC or Disturbed.

Bullshitted by trouble on January 31, 2006 11:00 AM

If I have it on at all, it usually is one of the two country stations or the local Christian station. Every now and again, classic rock.

Bullshitted by Nancy on February 2, 2006 03:28 PM