How Do You Relax While Listening To Music?
Do you find yourself having trouble to be productive at work when you're surrounded by melodies?
Personally I find it nearly impossible for me to work/study when someone plays music around me, even if the music is good. Somehow my brain will always decompose and analyze whatever music I hear into notes and chords (perfect pitch gang here).
If you once had the same problem, how did you resolve it?
I hear you. I have the same problem (or rather had it when I still worked on my job), except that I have no problem ignoring it if it is bad. If it is good I have a hard time concentrating on my work.
Instrumental music is fine : jazz and classical etc. But anything with lyrics is distracting and pop music drives me nuts....so irritating ! That is the reason I leave supermarkets and shopping centers as soon as I can.
If I REALLY need to get something done at work, I put on something pretty repetitive, like drum and bass, but any classical music robs my attention. I mostly listen to classical while working...
Get some noise cancelling headphones.
I put on a work by Paganini. It's not interesting enough to completely rob your attention, but it's not pop-music-ignorantly-and-blindly-preaching-about-love levels of trash.
The tread mill was the best idea so far. Just make sure it is well oiled and doesn't squeak!
With feet up and a glass of wine. Or am I answering the wrong question?
When I first set up my lab and got my first batch of grad students, one of the first rules I had to make was "no music with lyrics in the lab." Playing any sort of music in the lab quickly became fairly pointless anyway because of the ever-present mechanical vacuum pumps. But the reason for the rule was because I had a student who suddenly became a Christian and he wanted to play Christian pop/rock in the lab.
I'm surprised to hear that pop music is distracting. It personally doesn't grab my attention for the most part.
How much music is intended to create 'relaxation'? Here is a quick list of major works in which relaxation seems not to be the composers' intention:
I guess I'd say that listening to music automatically causes a multi-tasking effect for me. Even if the music has the relaxation/meditation effect for most people.
I don't blame Mike for despising pop music. When I was his age I didn't like it either. I wanted to listen to jazz. I was never the sort to say that pop musicians are idiots or relentlessly untalented, etc. Some are really quite exceptional musicians.
I may be young, but on the inside, I am a twice-divorced old man.
Mavis, I think it's the perfect pitch. You've been cursed with great power.
Mike, in my experience, it's rare not to like ANY pop music. It seems you're a bonafide pure-bred classical musician. I'm personally a half-breed.
I learned a long time ago that I liked to listen to a background of instrumental music while doing verbal or math related work. But not songs; the lyrics are distracting. Also a verbal background, like talk radio, goes with physical/mechanical work or music work. I am sure the psychologists on the panel can explain that.
Joel, it's completely opposite for me. I can focus a lot better even with people watching loud TV or playing rap music in the background, but whenever I hear anything melodic, I start getting distracted.
I'm also one of the rare people who dislike the vast majority of pop music.
For me listening to music is a "serious business." I remember that I had a radio/cassette play in my office for 15 or 20 years. I had bought bought on a business trip - that was before the CD days and it stayed there until I retired in late 1989. I remember listening to it on its firs day and quickly realized that listening to music worth listening to prevents me from any kind of other thinking. So it just sat there.
A favorite way for me to get "relaxation" out of music is to walk through beautiful architecture and courtyards to the music hall, then relax the mind and body into a quiet while waiting for the musicians to walk on stage and play and sing! A fine concert program of early music or chamber music in a small beautiful concert hall takes me out of the cares and circumstances of daily life. Like meditation, quieted mind and body temporarily wiped clean of identity and focused on the music coming from the artists in front of us.
I've written entire novels of expletives in my head from all the yoga classes I've had to endure, listening to just the worst, most execrable, no-modulating-ass, white-people-chanting-in-Sanskrit, new-age music.
Christian, it seems like you need some yoga to cool off ;).
No Mike, he's just having a kundalini experience.
When you're right, you're right, Mike!