I read a lot of comments on this board about the benefits of active listening to music over and above passive listening, along with remarks saying it's the only way to fully understand the 'richness' of classical music. Occasionally this is accompanied by the statement or sometimes implication that other forms of music like pop, folk, rock etc are designed for passive listening by casual music fans whils they do other activities.
So I was wondering what kind of listening you prefer? And also what kind of listening you most often indulge in.
I, myself, both prefer and practice passive listening far more often. I see it as one of the great advantages of this art form I get so much enjoyment from. I listen to music whilst doing just about anything. I do find however that music with lyrics can be a distraction whilst reading a book as it tends to demand active listening, unless the lyrics are in a language I don't understand. I will listen actively to music, but mainly when I am analysing the piece or following along with a score, otherwise my brain just naturally drifts off onto other thoughts during the music anyway. Plus, I get the horrible feeling I am somehow wasting time if I just sit and listen to music for an hour or two without doing something more 'productive' at the same time.