The convenience of portable music players these days has made them ubiquitous. While thirty years prior, people traveling or working or walking would be forced to listen to the noise around them, today people can shut the world out on a regular basis by putting in a pair of earbuds. Listening to music on the go is great for entertainment and for passing the time, but there’s a reason why I choose not to listen to music for my daily commute on the train. If I did, I would feel strangely disconnected from the world around me, uncurious about the people I’m sitting next to, unable to imagine their lives, all because of the distraction of music. Sometimes just listening is needed.