In this paper I would like to talk about the significance of noise, although it can first be seen as a nuisance, it could also have positive effects, even if you don’t realize it at first. Noise anywhere can help one gain inspiration and have a new appreciation for sound. In Ralph Ellison’s ‘Living With Music,’ he describes the concerns he had living in his apartment; he heard all these different sounds through his walls, but once he moved away he started to miss all the noises he heard and now he enjoys music more. In ‘Ways of Hearing,’ Damon Krukowski discusses how easy music is at our fingertips through streaming services, which helps people connect more with music. Both Ralph Ellison and Damon Krukowski talk about ways to drown the New York City noise out by listening to your own music that you want to hear, instead of listening to noise you are forced to listen to.