booking through thursday: soundtrack

Despite following the Booking Through Thursday blog for a while now, I haven’t gotten around to participating yet. This year I’d like to be a little more proactive with the blog community—I guess you could call that a sort of resolution! Well, this week’s Booking Through Thursday question caught my eye:

Do you ever try to pair music with the book you’re reading? Play the movie soundtrack while reading the original book? Find mood music that fits with your story?

This is a GREAT question! I’d like to plan a blog post for the near future on this theme if I can find the time for it—it would take me a little while to put together. As for movie soundtracks, I hardly have any in my album collection, so… “no” on that one. I also try to read the book before seeing (or not seeing…) the movie when possible anyway. Once in a while I’ll hear a song that reminds me of a specific book, but not often.

I can tune out extraneous noise when reading pretty well—I always have a book with me, so if I ever have to sit and wait somewhere, or stand in a line, etc. I’ll have something to do. Having a book on hand to read keeps me from being bored when waiting, and when I get bored I get impatient and that just sucks. Music, however… well, it’s complicated… sort of. If I’m in the same room with it, that’s tough for me to ignore—as a musician myself, music will totally pull my focus away from the book. Maybe not quite “studying” or “analyzing”… just paying close attention to what’s happening in the music. And anything with lyrics is almost always too distracting. BUT, if the music is in a separate room but still audible where I am in the house, then it’s no problem for me. My husband is a composer (check him out at, so he’s often in his office working on his own music or listening to stuff while I’m in the living room reading or writing. I really love hearing strains and snippets of his music throughout the house anyway. In fact, I’ve become so used to it that when Nick is out of town, it can be a little too quiet for me to concentrate on reading!

What is your answer? Do you need a perfectly quiet room in which to read, or is a little background sound okay for you?

4 thoughts on “booking through thursday: soundtrack

  1. Nice answer. Like you, if at all possible, I will always read the book before seeing the movie. I’ve been let down so many times that sometimes I just refuse to see the movie. It must be pretty cool living in the same house as a composer. I’ll need to check out his website as well. Thanks for visiting my Thursday post and have a great weekend.

    • I often don’t end up seeing the film versions either—just don’t make it out to the cinema much and forget by the time it’s out on DVD! My husband and I are both musicians—met as composition students in the master’s degree program and he went on for a doctorate. I don’t compose so much now that I’m out of school, but I play bass in a few orchestras and write concert reviews for I look forward to reading more at your site! Have a good one.

    • Yes, it’s just too much for the mind to try to do both at the same time. I can pretty much only listen to my iPod while I’m cooking or taking a walk! (or driving, I suppose, if plugged into the car stereo) 🙂

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