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confession: i’m a birder.
not like in the way that i am keeping track in a little notebook like other ornithologists I know, but in the way that i appreciate recognizing their song and being able to name them….okay…so, yeah, that’s kind of the same thing. whatever. obviously, i’m not alone in my search for little cute birds. the eels feel just the same:

so this morning, i am all over Duke’s neuroscience research about bird songs, language acquisition, and how this relates to learning and community. Both Mooney and Jarvis are doing amaaaaaaazing things! I could read this stuff all day, speaking of libraries! there’s just so much good stuff to learn.

okay. so, my train of thought led me to research the use of sound therapy, as a friend of mine in the harp society has been using her harp and electric technology to resonate specific frequencies directed at areas of a person’s body where pain resides, and i figured i’d better read up on it a bit. It’s another one of those “really?” sciences to me. Really? our body might be missing frequencies and just placing them from external vibrations can work? Here we go again. Just check it out for yourself- it’s researched quite heavily in the use of therapy for tinnitis, also at Duke University.
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hopefully you are following my train of thought here. it often goes through tunnels and over hillsides before slowing back down and arriving at the station.

we are all drawn toward music of certain types, genres, even aural frequency ranges (think Korn vs Enya). I’d be interested to see if there is a relationship between the frequencies that our bodies are lacking and the frequencies that we crave to hear or sing, because, seriously, sometimes it feels soooooooooooooo good to belt out (scream) Pantera’s “Walk” and other times it needs to be Rutter’s “Et Misericordia” and maybe it’s not as emotional as I once thought, perhaps it’s a frequency deficit?????