i find it easier to listen to some things more than others and it always amazes me that depending on what i’m doing can be affected by listening to the spoken word, music or nothing.
When i listen to music, i can’t help seeing colours and patterns as well as feeling the emotion of the composer, lyricist or performer and i think this is why i find it difficult to draw or make something else at the same time. when i’m on the potters wheel or in the workshop i don’t listen to music but i can listen to the spoken word with ease. and then there are the times that listening to nothing can be deafening or just the right thing for the moment.
here in Scotland, this time of year is marked by study leave and exams and thinking about listening made me wonder about the most effective ways of studying. One of the things i listened to this week, which also touched on this subject was http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01gnq8y/Start_the_Week_Creativity_Jonah_Lehrer/ a great discussion programme which debated creativity, day dreaming, writing, sound, music, science and art.
like one of the participants in the programme i don’t listen to music or the radio when i’m travelling, especially when i’m walking, i don’t listen to anything apart from the sounds around me whether they are natural or man made, they all add to the experience of the walk and engagement with the place. i guess it comes down to trying different things out and finding what works for you.