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A musician with sensory overload shows there are ways to adapt

When a musician’s senses are overwhelmed by music that’s too loud or stimulating, there can be another way to play

by Neesa Sunar

Communication and language

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The allure of cosmopolitan languages to courtiers and pop fans

The song Despacito tells a truth about cosmopolitan language, or the ‘mistress tongue’ – we desire it before we know it

by Karla Mallette

The body and physical health

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How the noises of a hospital can become a healing soundscape

Noises pervade and create the hospital environment. How could they be transformed into a soundscape for care and healing?

by Victoria Bates

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Bach’s piano music is intimate precision and Homeric epic in one

A hero on a journey; a circular movement; a melancholy of homecoming: why Bach is an epic poet in the Homeric tradition

by Dan Moller

Pleasures and pastimes

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Feel free to stop striving: learn to relish being an amateur

When I rekindled my relationship with the piano and tapped into my inner amateur, I discovered a quiet room of my own

by Xenia Hanusiak

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Bob Dylan turned American folk traditions into modern prophecy

Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’ is the first truly modernist folk song: it reworks tradition into a prophetic warning

by Timothy Hampton

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Music is a philosophy, rich in ideas that language cannot say

Musical thinking offers a means for composing our lives and a philosophical foundation that embraces both sound and silence

by Xenia Hanusiak

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The jazz singer’s mind shows us how to improvise through life itself

Be more jazz: by letting go and embodying the present, you can learn to transform the mundane into the transcendent

by Melissa Forbes