I am having trouble writing today. Right before I started on this post, I turned of a recording of Spem in Alium that I was listening to in preparation for an upcoming blog post. I was doing my best to write and listen at the same time, and I have to say, It wasn’t working out well.

I mentioned in a recent post how music requires your attention. Not only does it requires your attention, it demands it. Music is truly a jealous thing. If you do not pay attention, it will do its very very best to through you off track in whatever else it is trying to do.

For some of us.

Helping or hurting?

Some people can can listen to music all day every day and function on a completely normal level. Others (including myself) have issues with this. I cannot really focus on two things at once. Either I focus on what I am doing, or I focus on the music. If I focus on the music, I don’t get stuff done. If I focus on what I am doing, the music constantly nags at me, trying to distract me.

I wouldn’t say I am a bad multitasker, however, what I do is not really “multitasking.” Instead I do each thing for a little bit, then switch to another. What this means though, is that I cannot, for example, listen to a lecture and check Facebook and expect to absorb anything from the lecture during that time I am on Facebook. I am just a humble male after all.

But why must music do this to me? Can’t I just listen passively and forget about it.

No. By writing this blog, I am making a declaration of my unwillingness to listen to music passively. I am trying to show you all that I know music and want to teach you about it. And, as such, here I am.

As you may know from my series on music and the brain, the brain tends to be rather activated by music. And when I say activated, I mean activated. The brain can’t ignore music, no matter how hard it tries (except for, yet again, those with amusia). Music infects our brain. Listen to Darude (which is, in fact what Pandora was playing) and you can not help but tap your foot in time with Sandstorm (at the very least). It just does not happen. It makes logical sense therefore, that you may not be able to listen to music because of distraction.

It also, on the other hand, can be a catalyst. It can help you think better. If you are like this, I am very happy for you, because I am not. Music does help me think better, I just have to listen to the music then think.

Categories: Music and the Brain