Today I thought it might be nice to share a few of my favourite pieces of music that I like to listen to while reading.
Typically when I am choosing music for reading I like to find instrumental pieces. I am not too fussy about the genre; the music can be anything from pure classical movements to ambient electronica to film scores.
I do sometimes like to listen to singer songwriters but that is a less frequent occurrence as I find that hearing a voice singing words can really take me out of my reading zone.
My absolute favourite piece to listen to is The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto written by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang. I love this so much that I purchased it for my own use at home. It’s a long piece of music clocking in at nearly thirty minutes which makes it absolutely perfect for reading to.
Another of my favourites is called Revive by Akira Kosemura and Haruka Nakamura from an album I own called Note of Seconds Schole Compilation Volume Two. I stumbled across this album while I was studying at uni and was looking for music that I could play in the background while I studied and carried out assignments. I recommend that whole album to anyone who wants peaceful background music to play but likes a little more depth to the tunes than typical meditation style music.
One of my favourite pieces of film music is from a film that I actually have never seen! It is called ‘Welcome Chris’ by Andrea Guerra and is from The Pursuit of Happyness (that spelling always irks me lol!).
Another piece of film music that I constantly have on rotation when I am reading is ‘City of Angels’ written by Gabriel Yared from the film of the same name.
One of my favourite contemporary reads is One Day written by David Nicholls and while I did like the film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway it isn’t quite as good as the book. However, the film is beautifully scored by Rachel Portman and the track ‘We Had Today’ is another one that I listen to a lot when I am reading.
Peter Bradley Adams is one of my favourite singer songwriters but on his album Leavetaking he has this beautiful instrumental piece called Song for Viola that fits perfectly onto my reading playlist.
And lastly, it would be remiss of me to not include some Vangelis in this post. La Petite Fille de la Mer is one of my personal favourites.
If anyone is interested I have a YouTube playlist that includes these tracks and a few more of my instrumental favourites that I like to listen to while I read and it can be accessed at this link.
Do any of you like to listen to music while you read? If so what type of music? And have you got any recommendations for me? Let’s chat in the comments below.