Depending upon my mood, I sometimes quite enjoy listening to some music while I’m deep into a good book. It can’t be just any music, though. Rock music doesn’t really cut it, and R & B tends to get my toes tapping too much. When I settle in for an hour or two of reading, I find that classical, jazz and other instrumentals (movie scores, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky) hit the spot. This morning, I found myself enjoying some great classical tunes from the Romantic period before moving on to Astrud Gilberto and Duke Ellington. I don’t turn the volume particularly loud, but I’m certain it’s doing its part to stimulate that ol’ gray matter.
What do you think? Do you have a particular like of music you enjoy while reading? Do you require silence? Can you read with the television in the background? With the proliferation of media in our world today, it’s harder and harder to shut out the noise.