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Canberra Chris Music & the brain (5) RE: Music & the brain 26 Oct 07

Thanks also from me, I am fascinated by this topic too.

One little cross-species anecdote. I have a cat who had particular musical tastes. Basically she like plucked or struck strings - harp, guitar, even piano, but dislked bowed strings and wind. We had to come to an arrangement about my taste for Irish pipes.

She could handle recorded singing, but hated with a passion hearing me sing in the house. Now there is of course an obvious possible explanation for this - the quality of my singing! Could I have made a living ridding peoples' houses of rats and cockroaches too? But other Mudcatters can attest I hope that this is unlikely.

One time I had a friend in singing duets, and the cat stalked off into the next room. A bit later we decided to try the acoustics in tghat room. Instead of moving on again, the cat came and sat right in front of us and fixed us with a pained, malevolent glare. Aftger two verses and a chorus, we just could not continue singing in front of her, and went back to the other room. But being as sharp as a tack, instead of remaining mistress of the field of battle, she followed us and did it again, having discovered how to stop us.

I had to do some lateral thinking after this, and realised that singing is one activity on which I tend to focus to the exclusion of all else. The cat being a highly interactive long-term female companion, who thought she was my wife, daughter, nanny, life-coach, gate-keeper and personal secretary, maybe she was offended at being completely ignored at these times. So I decided to try singing to her, or even better, about her. Well my, my, she lapped it up like milk, and even let me do some other singing sometimes too.

Not sure if that is a story about music, cats or female company, but the working of the brain seems to come into it somewhere.

Love the name - I have danced in a few deserts myself.


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