Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:29 pm
Over the weekend, [ profile] midnightmelody decided to teach me to sing. It was interesting - the first realisation was that I tend to drift sharp and start on a new key with each new phrase. The second was that I apparently have a very clear idea of where a third is (two white notes away in non-technical terms), although am not so good at seconds or fourths. The third and most interesting is that one of the major reasons I normally don't sound good when singing is that I've been trying to sing the wrong part - I've been singing in the tenor range, and I'm actually either a baritone or a bass (I don't have enough experience to tell). And now I've tried singing in my actual range, I can hear why my singing sounds bad to other people (although it still doesn't sound the same to me as it would to someone else). And can at last start to correct myself when I go off key.

Anyway, thank you [ profile] midnightmelody for the lesson and [ profile] arkady for being the only other person I can think of who has told me I can sing.
[ profile] ozarque has been doing a series on sense-dominant language which I've been thinking about for the last couple of weeks. She's also (rightly) been pointing out that there is a lot less touch-dominant language than there is other language.

Sense dominant language is language that uses one specific sense to the exclusion of others (e.g. "I hear what you say" is auditry language, while "I see what you mean" is visual language).

My problem with this approach is that I am not aware that I am particularly sense-dominant for any of the three listed senses*. Instead, each sense has a different meaning and set of associations for me.

Sight is the sense of the predator. It is long ranged, detailed, and often has a narrow focus, removing the wider surroundings from understanding. It is also limited to line of sight.

Hearing is the sense of the prey. It is long ranged, can hear round corners, and is overall a much broader sense but less precise (or possibly what you hear is less static) than vision. It applies in any direction, warns me when people are approaching, but I can get much less specific information out of it. It is also a much more passive sense than sight - you move your eyes, but not your ears. (And I've been told about active listening, but not active seeing).

Touch is the intimate sense. I only want people touching me if they are already relatively close to me. It is probably more precise than vision, and is the most intense of the senses, but has no range to speak of (yes, I can feel something hot if it's not touching me - but by the standards of sight this range is negligable). Note that just because it is the intimate sense doesn't mean that it is pleasant or nice - the scalding hot drink isn't pleasant, and the feel of my enemy's skull as I crush it beneath my feet is hardly nice. (Although just how unpleasant depends which side you are on).

The three senses are therefore different, and I consequently use them for different purposes. When I use visual metaphors, it is to indicate clarity (or occasionally complete lack of clarity where it should exist), understanding (for the same reasons as clarity), and activity. Where I use auditory metaphors, it is to indicate broad perspectives, lack of detail, passivity, waiting, and something I can't quite reach. When I use tactile metaphors they are usually to indicate intimacy, passion, understanding, and intensity. I also find an overuse of tactile metaphors sometimes to be uncomfortable because it indicates a greater level of intimacy than I find appropriate. I believe that this is the reason that formal language has fewer tactile metaphors than colloquial language - the distance is greater.

* This does not quite correlate with learning styles - I'm a kinasthetic learner.
Moved to my journal because this was getting far too far offtopic.

In response to someone on [ profile] abortiondebate claiming that socialism is discredited I demonstrated that it is necessary for capitalism )
I should have posted about this before - but three posts in a night is probably a personal record...

In mid 2004, [ profile] karen2205 started running meetups to have coffee in Borders Oxford Street on Tuesday evenings. After a month or so we started rounding off the evening with meals.

A few weeks ago, Karen left London for Bury St Edmunds and I took over running the meetings.

When? 6:30pm every Tuesday
Where? Starbucks, Borders, Oxford Street (near Oxford Circus tube station)
Why? Good conversation
How? Bus, Tube, or walk normally.
Who? Everyone welcome - although please comment or e-mail me in advance if you are thinking of coming.



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