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10:02am, October 8, 2010

Music on the mind
Common experience confirms that music serves language (“A mind for music,” SN: 8/14/10, p. 17). A person unfamiliar with, say, the musical South Pacific has only to listen to its songs a few times to sing the lyrics from memory. Another who tries to memorize the lyrics by just hearing them recited a few times will not succeed nearly as well. Now, why?
H. Charles Romesburg, Logan, Utah

Thanks for the special issue on music. Does music soothe the savage breast? I can’t say, but I’m pretty sure it has played a large role in keeping me (a lifelong musician) sane for the last 25 years of incarceration, and it serves the entire prison community by keeping dozens of creative, purpose-lacking minds occupied with an activity that keeps us largely out of further trouble. As Ian Cross mentioned (“Whatever music is

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