i listen to music while i work, practically nonstop as i work from home and there is nobody to be bothered. it’s become sort of a measure of how busy i am, i think — if too busy to put on something new when the last selection ran out, then i’m pretty busy. sometimes, i’ll just queue up several concerts, maybe a whole day of one artist maybe a selection of shows by different artists, and just let it run. but even that doesn’t work: conference calls, speaker phone, i end up having to stop the music, and we’re back to the sort of measurement again. as my daughter (then four) said, when asked to do something, “too busy, too busy”. i suppose this’ll all change next year when we’re home in dublin again.