First, the zen-like question posed by Kevin Austin on the Auditory e-list: "Is it possible to listen to music without thinking about music?"
To which Ju-Lee Hong pointed out an online survey on listening habits and cognitive style by Gunter Kreutz. I filled out the survey, which I found interesting for a variety of reasons. Foremost, it made me think about how I listen to music in ways that I hadn't seriously considered before (or at least for a long time), such as whether I can tell what the composer or performer was feeling. I encourage all of you to go take the survey, it is meant for people at all levels of musical experience.