Until my wife and family arrive in June from Spokane I've chosen to rack up some long days here at the office.  It's all good...because I love what I do!


I am an "abnormal" radio listener, because it's my job, but I still enjoy listening in my office while I push paper, compile reports, and generally stay busy on this side of the KYSS-FM microphone.

Why do I enjoy listening to music?  Why do you?  According to academic research, here are the top ten reasons and explanations behind them:




Relaxation: “Calms me down”, “eases stress”, “soothing”

Concentration: “Improves my ability to focus on what I am working on”

Affect management: “Helps me to remain positive”

Block out distractions: “Helps me concentrate, especially when someone else is in the office, or talking on the phone, or having a meeting in my office”

Create variation: “I couldn’t work without it. It would just be a nightmare. Too tedious a job, inputting all day.”

Helps to think about something else: “If music was not my distraction, then something else would be, i.e. something unproductive such as fiddling with papers or gazing out of the window”

For entertainment: “It keeps me company when there isn’t anyone else around”

For enjoyment: “I feel more comfortable, it makes things more enjoyable, therefore I feel better about doing it, I guess. I suppose, in a nutshell, I just like it.”

Makes time go quicker: “It just helps the day to go on. It would be a long day without it.”

Lifts energy: “I feel a physical feeling of almost elation.”