Or the sound of not having your I-Pod while traveling because it broke again. Was I bummed? Of course, but I am a big boy and I have others to replace it. However, this was different. It stopped working as I was away on holiday. How was I going to get through a 3 hour train ride? How was I going to work out? How was I going to meditate? The answer... quite easily! I focused harder on my meditation to clear my mind in a way I have not been able to before. My work out was quite focused and deliberate. I got so much more out of it. As for the train ride? Actually spending that time to converse with my wife and watch the beautiful scenery outside the window. A wonderful surprise.
This works the same way with being a creative. Having music blasting or the TV on creates a sense of distraction and/or a sense of white noise just to make the day/project/things go faster. Though it may feel like it does, it actually does not. This is not to say I will never listen to music as I create (or travel for that matter) again. Of course I will. However, the natural sound of your environment sometimes forces you to focus and confront your ability to be comfortable with yourself and what you are doing. So. Be quiet. Listen. Though you may not hear anything, I assure you it will be anything but silent.