What is your favorite classical music to listen to while reading?
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If you need a quick intro to Satie, I wrote about him briefly here (along with a music sampler): Music Notes: Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies.
Would love to know how others pair up their books with their music choices and perhaps get some new recommendations.
Trouble is, any kind of classical, jazz, opera or classical guitar continually distracts my attention from the reading. I just have to stop and listen. Unless I don't like it, of course, which is even more of a distraction - an irritation.
I occasionally try easier stuff, popular music from the 'fifties, 'forties, 'thirties - just as a pleasant background noise; but, even then, I can get distracted by a particularly good arrangement or backing player. It only occasionally fits, anyway - never the right mood for anything from the nineteenth century or earlier, better with modern non-fiction.
These days, for fiction at least, I'm tending more and more to switch off the music (or play the music and put aside the book!)
1. Use a portable combo set, do not play with external speakers or amplifier.
2. Play only music ( jazz,classical,orchestra music,single-instrument music- eg piano,guitar,flute,saxophone,trumpet),ethnic music and etc.
3. Not a loud music.
4. Tune your volume/tone to "low" just right for your ears.
Try this. See the results.
Some soft music: James Galway - classical flute; Kenny G: Richard Clayderman;
Miles Davis = trumpet,jazz: Charlie Parker; John Coltrane ; Ramsey Lewis Trio:
Modern Jazz Quartet; Strauss's Waltz music and many musicians that provide good
background music as in the cocktail lounge bars.
search: The Best Restaurant Music Ever Made
I'm a sucker for online quizzes and tests, but then I get irrationally annoyed when I work my way to the end and then find that they want my email address before I can get the results. Am I paranoid?
this is an interesting topic, it has made me question what is the more powerful, music or type.
thanks for the push, jenny...
I don't know that I like the idea of predetermined soundtracks to my books (plus, I don't really read digitally anyway).
But, I always have music on when reading, so I wondered what others preferred.
These days, I'm into movie soundtracks. My current playlist: Out of Africa, Legends of the Fall, Last of the Mohicans, The English Patient.... oddly, they are all movies that were originally books. :)
The BBC is doing a Sound of Cinema Season that I need to explore further: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fs3cy