He observed how they gave voice to emotion, conveyed information, and established relationships through learning and creating their own children’s musical culture. He identified two types of children’s singing – ‘egocentric’ for private pleasure, which, as the child matures, gives way to more social or ‘communicative’ music making. A recording with a blind 5-month-old girl illustrates intermodal attunement between the heard melody of a mother’s song and the proprioceptive feelings in the body of the baby of a gesturing left arm and hand . The human ability to sense the shape of a melody within the body is intrinsic to our enjoyment of music as human communication .
Playing the music on the piano was like reading a piece of poetry to a friend. There wasn’t really a decision made by me to write a solo album after 20 years. I never thought about it until someone told me that … Read More