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Olga Bennett
humming

I have been preoccupied with imaging things that are invisible, with notation—a way of marking down things heard, felt, sensed. 1

I am going to try to hum my way through the next two weeks, or however long this is going to take.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts writes:

Humming stimulates the muscles at the back of the throat that connect the vagus nerve. The sound vibrates against the edge of oneself, against lips, cheeks, throat, cranium, heart. You hear the sound from within. The nerve sends neurotransmitters and electrical signals, lowering activity in the part of the brain that governs flight, fight, and freeze. 2

and:

The felt senses do not enter history. But if we attend to them, they might influence how we tell it, and what we tell, and what we need from it. 3

Taussig offers to think of humming as central to language, as a base state of the voice, humming being neither conscious nor unconscious, neither singing nor saying, but rather the sound where the moving mind meets the moving body. 4

Is humming a way to compose yourself?