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Tones do Talk

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

No matter how hard instrumentalists try to buy into the notion that tones without words are superior to those with text attached, I say: Watch out! Listen more carefully!

We are, after all, human beings, no matter how heavily we buy into media tyranny. Our ears have memories attached, those involving tone are often far more specific than we are encouraged to notice.

I developed a useful exercise in awakening awareness of this: Next time you think of it listen carefully for the first tone of what you are going to hear, whatever it is: See how long you can retain awareness of that tone as the music unfolds right there. People have reported extraordinary sensations.

Try it! Nothing to lose; the world to gain.

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