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September 2, 2023 - 9:03 pm
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...just throwing some thoughts together here. 😊 

Even if you can only listen to the 1st twelve minutes (starting at 2:00) - this talk by Dr. Oliver Sacks (R.I.P.) is extremely interesting & easy to understand.  It covers some of the very cool stuff scientist are just starting to understand (humorous, too)! 

Wow, music hallucinations(?) 


The Levitin Effect. 

The Levitin effect is a phenomenon whereby people, even those without musical training, tend to remember songs in the correct key. (Wikipedia) 

Can you find this note? - from 12tone.


Why you don't want 'perfect pitch'? 


Think I've possibly found out why my Grandmother (who loved playing the piano, singing & dancing) stopped wanting anything to do with music after her stroke. 

According to what I read at JNeuosci - The Journal of Neuroscience & PubMed, 'Acquired Amusia' is fairly common after a stroke, so maybe why my Grandmother didn't even want to touch her piano afterwards.  I really regret I wasn't able to be with her at that time for more than a visit, because of travel distance - my parents were taking care of her.  I'm sure that no one (including the Doctors) thought of the importance of possible early work on rehabilitation for this - don't think there was early enough study in this area, back then. 

What is Amusia?


Hope everyone, here in the USA, has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! 🤗


February 8, 2024 - 7:42 pm
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Oooo, I had forgotten about this thread! 

...thinking about what @Strabo said in the "Adult String Learning – A Couple of Articles, and A 10-year Reflection Thread".

One day it occurred to me that, while I’m not the greatest fiddler in the world, I am really quite a good Music Student. I do everything that a good Student should do. I have a good attitude, I pay attention, I learn something new every day. Etc etc. I am in fact hugely successful as a Student.

TL;DR: Once I figured out that my job is to be a Perpetual Music Student, everything became much easier. 

I also feel this way, and love that some of the greatest people in history were constantly exploring & learning.  It's a great thing - and I was wondering if there were specific tips to help kids/adults be a 'Perpetual Student'. 

That's when I ran across How to Be a Perpetual Student - Three back-to-school tips for students of every age, by Michael Alcee, Ph.D. 

I was impressed, so checked out more about Michael Alcee (Ph.D.). 

Michael Alcee, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, TEDx speaker, podcast host, and author who specializes in using his background in music, literature, and the arts to showcase the transformative power of psychotherapy.

Found a very enlightening interview... everyone might gain a new perspective on how music can help us understand our lives. 

Nice to see how far we've come with thoughts on the importance of music in our lives (listened to, or played), compared to very early myths that Dr. Oliver Sacks talks about at the very beginning of the 1st OP video. 

Shrink Rap Radio#798 Michael Alcee PhD onTherapeutic Improvisation Psychology 

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February 9, 2024 - 3:21 am
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I'm proof that you can be musical yet dance worse than a self-conscious three-legged hippo.

But I've been watching dancers on instagram/tiktok recently (quite apart from Strictly Come Dancing, which I've been watching every year since it began) and I'm very impressed by their skills and musicality. I can believe that you can possess this, even if you can't sing or play an instrument to save your life. Dancing is one way of responding to music. Playing an instrument or singing is also a way to respond to music, and I'm not so sure that the creation of music isn't incidental to that.


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