My daughter Liz has been home from K-State for a couple of weeks, and she likes nothing more than to walk into my office and ask questions like, “What are you doing?” “What are you writing?” or “What are you reading?”
Earlier this week it was, “What are you listening to?”
I took off my headphones and said, “Nothing.”
“Then why are you wearing headphones?” she asked.
After I explained that I was actually listening to the Morning Murmur from Coffitivity to replace sounds that I find distracting with sounds that allow my brain to concentrate on writing, Lizzie said, “Oh, I do that. But I listen to sounds of the Gryffindor common room instead.”
She proceeded to show me this video on YouTube. Well, “video” is using the term loosely. It’s really a static image on the screen with an hour-long audio file featuring ambient sounds from Harry Potter’s Gryffindor common room: a roaring fireplace, wind sounds, rain, thunder, page turning/flipping and, of course, a charmed self-stirring cup of tea.
When I first listened to the file through my computer, it came across as a little noisy. But the moment I plugged in my headphones and reduced the volume a bit, it was perfect. (In fact, I’m listening to it as I write this.)
I realize that not everybody needs white noise to concentrate. But if you’re like me, we’ve got a bookish option.