What music, if any, do you listen to when reading?

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
My job requires long flights frequently and this is when I do most of my non-work and continuing-education reading. I have a good quality over-the-ear, noise cancelling headset. When I play music at a moderate level it cuts out crying babies, nearby conversations, etc. Normally, I don't like listening to music when I read, but when on a plane I find it necessary. In particular because I find nearby conversations very distracting when I'm reading.

Normally I play classical music or acoustic guitar without lyrics. But I'm thinking of trying to just use white noise to help focus without what is often incongruous soundtrack to the book I'm reading.

I know this forum has a lot of readers. Do any of you listen to music while reading? If so, do you tailor the music to the genre or theme of the book? Or do you have a general go-to selection of music for reading, regardless of the book being read?
 

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SakanaSensei

Adventurer
I personally throw on some kind of lo-fi music or softer, background video-game music. The Elder Scrolls IV soundtrack, with the combat tracks taken out, might be my most listened to album ever.
 



Richards

Legend
I don't actively put on music when I'm reading, but if I'm already listening to Music from the Hearts of Space when I finish up whatever i was doing on the computer and want to read, I'll usually leave it on until the program finishes. It's nice, nonintrusive music that doesn't "fight me" for attention when I'm reading.

Johnathan
 


I don't listen to music when I read or write. I find it too distracting, but I usually do listen to music before I sit down to write or read.

What I listen to can vary a lot
 

HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
I'm a one-media-at-a-time geezer. If I read I read, if I listen I listen.
In the OPs situation I usually use an app with shut out other sounds-sounds, like train cabin, spring woods etc.
Or I put down the book and listen to music - for travel I prefer classical baroque or 50ies/60ies jazz.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
None. Like Harold above, if I read, I read. If I listen, I listen.

I will listen to music, podcasts, or audio books, however, while doing repetitive or "brainless" tasks like cleaning the house or painting minis.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I don't listen to music when I read or write. I find it too distracting, but I usually do listen to music before I sit down to write or read.

What I listen to can vary a lot
Same here. Which is the issue. I find it very hard to read on a plane without something to drown out nearby conversations, crying babies, etc.

I'll probably try to go with white noise.

The problem is that music creates moods and emotions. So does reading. I don't like it with the moods and emotion of the music clash.

I certainly have never been able to listen to music with lyrics while trying to read.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I'm a one-media-at-a-time geezer. If I read I read, if I listen I listen.
In the OPs situation I usually use an app with shut out other sounds-sounds, like train cabin, spring woods etc.
Or I put down the book and listen to music - for travel I prefer classical baroque or 50ies/60ies jazz.
I thought of using waves or other environmental sounds. I mean, I can read about a space battle in a Sci Fi novel and not be distracted or feel the mood ruined by the sounds of nature. Somehow it feels different when listing through a headset. But maybe waves would fade into the background as well as white noise.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
None. Like Harold above, if I read, I read. If I listen, I listen.

I will listen to music, podcasts, or audio books, however, while doing repetitive or "brainless" tasks like cleaning the house or painting minis.
Same. I've thought of just doing audio books on flights, but I find my mind wanders with audio books. Also, if I nod off, it is more difficult to go back and pick up where I left off, unlike when reading.
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
I thought of using waves or other environmental sounds. I mean, I can read about a space battle in a Sci Fi novel and not be distracted or feel the mood ruined by the sounds of nature. Somehow it feels different when listing through a headset. But maybe waves would fade into the background as well as white noise.
"Nature sounds" is how I drown out conversation, etc. I guess they're just viscerally pleasant, without provoking the emotional tug in me that music usually does.
Personally, I like chirping birds. It's a nice but ordinary sound, basically like an open window but without the lawnmowers, neighbor kids, or hot/cold/wet weather intruding.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
When I have music on while reading, it’s usually stuff I’m familiar with. Instrumental or with vocalists doesn’t matter. Genre doesn’t matter. (In fact, my mult-CD players are usually in shuffle play mode.) Because I listen to SO much music, I often have a “mental soundtrack” running in my head when nothing is actually playing.

My last day of studying before taking the bar exam, I was listening to a 90 minute mixtape of metal music I typically played while working out in weight rooms on infinite repeat. At certain points during the test, Sepultura’s “Roots” was running through my head “in the background “.
 

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