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This week's question is: do you listen to music while you read? The answer for me is no. I rarely have music on while I am reading, simply because I find it distracting. I find I concentrating on most tasks easier when it is quiet. Isn't it ironic that I am a high school teacher! Hardly a silent environment! But I really find auditory interruptions difficult to process if I am trying to focus. If I do have music on, it would be turned down low and in the next room. I like to listen to really old school music: Motown, old-style R&B, and blues. I love Etta James, Jerry Butler, Jimmy Reed, and Solomon Burke (if you know who the last three are let me know in a comment, and we'll have to chat;). I also love the blues (Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker) and the vocal stylings of Irma Thomas and Bettye LaVette. But I also listen to opera, and I love Maria Callas and Kiri TeKanawa.
And for running, I like reggae! For some reason, a reggae beat is the perfect rhythm for running.