What kinds of music do we listen to doing different activities?
Although I will often put on a podcast of a story, an interview or a bookreading/discussion while I am cleaning, cooking , doing paper or handiwork, music is my usual choice.
Since my husband was injured and has been off work now for the last two months, we’ve been movie and TV-series binge-watching and it isn’t much different from our previous discussion on 4F,1H, “Marathoning and Multitasking”[Nov.8, 2013]. But when I am alone or we are doing separate activities and I have part of the house or the computer to myself, the music comes back on.
I like some country, but more of what we once called ‘cross-over country’, light country that could go either ‘rock’ or ‘easy listening’, (later Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold). By the way, whatever happened to ‘easy listening’ and ‘pop’? There is no way to hear 1940s-50s-60s singers, (Frank Sinatra, Vaughn Monroe, Charles Aznavour), or songs from musicals without satellite radio or buying CDs.
I will put on CDs at times. If I have the time and inclination, I’ll pull music up on YouTube, but then I get little done, as one song reminds me of another or of another artist and I sit there looking to the side to see songs and singers that I had not remembered. But sometimes, I can find a whole album online.
Driving in the car, I’ll usually play the local ‘oldies’ station. If I’m alone or with my husband we’ll put it on, or we’ll put on the classical station, but we don’t always agree on what to hear. He likes heavy choral music and chamber music; I don’t. I like opera; he doesn’t. I can take more ‘rock’ than he can, but he likes contemporary religious music more than I do. I enjoy some smooth jazz, but he likes blaring horns. Close, so close, but too often we ask each other if it can be changed. Since the best music that I can find that is generally consistent with my taste and mood, (and my husband’s), the classic rock station is on most of the time. I am comfortable with it. When I am alone in the car, I sing along…(trust me; I have to be alone with the windows up or I disturb anyone around me). I think it helps with memory, coming up with the lyrics or singing background…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
I like old hymns. A regional station starts playing Christmas music in October, and although I love to hear all of it, but it’ll be the day after Thanksgiving before you’ll find me Rocking Around the Christmas Tree or paying homage to the Little Town of Bethlehem while I drive, cook or deck my own halls.
I am comfortable enough with the oldies that I have it on when I am writing; in fact, ELO is playing behind me right now. I find it familiar. I have an older sister who was precocious and I was only two when Elvis hit the scene and changed everyone’s world…and she was just 17,(you know what I mean), when the British invasion hit.
I will try other music on occasion. I do like a lot of “folk music”, as in that of other countries. Recently someone sent me a link to what she considered a great album online of Celtic music,(which I generally enjoy). However, I put it on when I decided to practice some of my yoga postures and although you will never find me listening to sitar music, trust me, Irish music and yoga don’t mix!
I used to have an extensive record collection and now we have quite a few CDs. They range from nearly every type of music available.
Can you tell? I like music! And I’ll listen to it while I do just about everything.
After years of the budget being too tight to buy hardly any records, I finally found sufficient disposable income to join a record club. I had hardly been in it for more than 2-3 years when vinyl suddenly dropped out of sight. So, after a short break, I joined a cassette club. Was in that for some 2-3 yrs before cassettes also mostly disappeared.
I’ve so far resisted the temptation to join a CD club, because I know that will hasten the move to a new format.
As I said yesterday, I like several kinds of music, but (these days) I seem to savor silence.
I used to like silence more, Jeff. As for record/tape/cd clubs, it looks enticing, but you end up with far more than you really need or can listen to, no matter how many times you turn down the monthly offering…and trust me, they cut you off if you don’t order up.
We won’t even talk about my budgets, now or in the past!
Great post. I like your range of music
It’s a pretty wide range,I’ll admit, Angie.I have a pretty wide range in all my tastes.I don’t know if that makes me broad-minded or just a little crazy!
It’s good to be open to lots of different styles and genres. I’ll listen to almost anything if I’m not trying to concentrate. And I agree with you about Christmas music. After fifteen years of teaching elementary music and six years of directing children’s choirs at church, I’m not ready for holiday songs until after Thanksgiving!
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Absolutely. I do love Christmas music,but not the heavy chorals. My husband finds them uplifting and I have just the opposite response to them…I find them morose.