No, not the band, although I’ll always have a soft spot for this:
I’ve stopped listening to my mp3 player when I’m walking by myself. Not because doing two things at once is difficult (three, if you count breathing), but because when I’m singing along (sometimes out loud, embarrassing, I know) I’m not going to have any a-ha moments.
I need a-ha moments. Particularly as a blogger and research student*. We all need a-ha moments, whether it’s about holiday ideas, work problems, relationships, remembering sadness and happiness. But we’re obsessed with blocking out thought. And it is thought being blocked, because it’s hard to let your mind wander when there are lyrics being blasted into your brain at point blank range. Look around when you’re on the bus/train/ferry/walking. Almost everyone is iPodded. Including some incredibly stupid people driving cars and riding bikes with earplugs in. Idiots.
Now, I’m not anti-music. I adore music. But how many a-ha moments are being blocked?
* Oh, how I long to say academic.