Monthly Archives: July 2007

What Does Music Have to Do With Happiness?

What does music have to do with happiness? The simple answer is that music is part of our DNA. When we don’t make music, we are incomplete and unhappy. The more complex answer is that music has power to connect … Continue reading

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Musical Time as Memory

All music, the world over, unfolds within some kind of time frame, ranging from a few seconds to several hours or more. To make sense of what we are hearing, it’s essential for us to notice how musical patterns are … Continue reading

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Music and Deep Fetal Memory

WE HEAR LONG BEFORE WE CAN SEE. Embryologists tell us that by the end of the second trimester of pregnancy–around the 24th week–a fetus begins responding to the sound of the mother’s voice, the rhythms of her heartbeat and breathing, … Continue reading

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Music and Social or Ritual Memory

Music is an integral part of many of life’s rituals. Who doesn’t have the urge to dance and sing at a wedding ceremony or certainly the reception or a special birthday party? Is there a country without a national anthem? … Continue reading

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Music and Personal Memory

Stardust strain, beautiful refrain I hear you ringing in my ears. “That’s my kind of music.” “They’re singing our song.” Is there any form of human expression more personal than music? How rarely, if ever, do we hear someone say, … Continue reading

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