Memory and song

The other day, one of my officemates commented on how song was linked with memory: such as, cases where someone who has had a stroke can still sing even if they can’t speak, observing that genealogies and epics might have been chanted/sung to more easily preserve cultural memory, instead of simply reciting them.

I’d heard this before, and it was reinforced when this morning we had a spoken Mass, instead of sung. Talking with some friends afterward, including some choir members, we mentioned how it was harder to remember the words of the Mass when speaking them only. But we can sing them.

One thought on “Memory and song

  1. Sarah says:

    I like the idea of singing things. I sort of wish we still did that with our ancestry. I saw a video of a man reading Beowulf in a sort of sing-songy way. A lot of the kids (undergrads) in the class thought it was funny (and the sound effects were) but it was also really interesting and cool 🙂


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