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Saturday, April 30, 2005
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I wonder if anyone can help me with a neurological question. I have, and I assume all composers have, music going through my head every waking moment. Sometimes itís music Iíve heard recently, sometimes itís music I havenít heard in eons, sometimes itís music Iím working on, sometimes I donít have the slightest idea what it is. Doesnít matter if Iím having a conversation, reading a book, teaching a class -- itís always there. It is astonishing to me that this isnít true for everyone.

My limited understanding of brain science tells me that this is a malfunction/hyperfunction of aural memory combined with -- what? Does anyone know what is really going on, and why this phenomenon should be pervasive in some people and nonexistent in others? I would love to know more about it. Sometimes itís a source of deep pleasure -- and sometimes it just drives me nuts.



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