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3V0970.01 Singing: expression, not communication (9/18/80)

Peggy has long seemed the most musically inclined of our children.
Recently we find her singing to herself very frequently. The songs are
unstructured but do mix changes of pitch and duration with words – –
Gretchen laughed to hear her sing “Daddy is a dum-dum,” (the older
children’s under bridges chant for open cars) which later permuted to
“Mommy is a dum-dum.” Peggy will sing about anything — but the
mode is expressive more than communicative. That is, she does not
come into the kitchen and sing, “give me some juice, Mommy.”

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