Rain, Rain, Come to Stay

Kelly has been hooked on Army Wives recently. She watches a few episodes each on Netflix via Apple TV. When the kids are asleep and I am in bed trying to read, but even with my noise-cancelling headset, I can still hear the show, and tend to get sucked into the stories. I don’t want to get sucked into the stories. I just can’t help it. The general noise-cancelling effect of my Bose headset is not strong enough to overcome the TV.

Until last night. Last night I decided to try an experiment. Rather than just put the headset on in noise-cancelling mode, I downloaded some “white noise” soundtracks in iTunes. Mostly rain and distant thunder. I put that on while Kelly watched Army Wives and I read–and for a wonder, it worked!

In fact, I liked the sound of rain and thunder in the background so much that I spent much of my day today, writing code, and listening to that white noise album. It was wonderful. I love when thunderstorms roll through in the summer and I love the sound of rain on the roof when I am reading. I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t think of this sooner.

Perhaps best of all, I can read to the sound of rain and thunder. I cannot read to music, no matter what the music is.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

2 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Come to Stay

  1. Thanks for that Jamie.

    I am living with someone who makes strange “noises” all day that are driving me crazy. I think the Bose plus “white noise” may do the trick for relieving the annoyance.

  2. I am with you. I cannot read or work with music or television on in the background. If the music is good enough, I want to listen to it; if it is not, I want to turn it off completely. So, in our small house, my husband has a wireless headset to listen to TV programs. Works just fine for both of us.

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