Where and how do you listen to music?
Do you have it on in the background? Do you focus on it? Is it serious for you or is it noise? Do you do it at home? At work? On the road? In the concert hall? Only one of these places?
Most often, the music I listen to is my own. It’s live and it’ll never be heard again. But lately a friend has been sending me music to listen to, and I’ve started listening to recorded music on my phone. Mostly I listen to it while out of the house—in the car; on my bike; shopping. But sometimes I’ll listen at home—sitting on the toilet, reading, or (rarely) fluthering. Would fluthering while listening to music be muthering or luthering? Listering? Mustering?
The other times I’ll listen is when the radio is playing music and, very rarely, when listening to a CD or MP3 on the playback system in one of the rooms of our house.
Mostly I see music as background. It kind of affects my mind on a subconscious level, but I don’t like it to break into my conscious mind. For that reason, songs often really annoy me. Songs have words and I have to focus conscious attention on them in order to understand the words. I tend to resent that because for me, music does not belong in that part of my brain.
How much of a role does music play in your life? Where and how do you play it? How do you listen?