the mind's ear

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the mind's ear

The imaginative capability to create or recall sound within one's mind; the part of the mind that experiences imagined or recalled sound. (An allusion to the "mind's eye," which is likewise responsible for mental imagery.) I can still hear in my mind's ear the sweet laughter of my daughter when she was a child.
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References in classic literature ?
Notes of melodious laughter bubbled, in my mind's ear, through all the drawling and stammering of our speech-making members.
The exercises in The Mind's Ear come straight out of that wealth of experience.
White, Cynthia Ozick--have mastered the technique of making the reader an auditor--mulling over, underlining, and annotating a text on the printed page that is simultaneously heard in the mind's ear.
Glimpses are also emerging into what counts as "in tune" to the mind's ear.
The heavenly tinnitus and the sweet echoes of every anthemic song were present in the mind's ear of the girl as the dazzling headlights of the approaching taxi hurt her eyeballs.
It's been a very long time since I heard a Gregorian chant, but its memory was still very strong in my mind's ear, if you will.
The essays discussing various aspects of Aida, Otello, and even I Puritani were, for this reviewer, more readily assessable than the fascinating essay by Francesco Izzo, "Comic Sights: Stage Directions in Luigi Ricci's Autograph Scores," as the works were not in my mind's ear as I was reading.
As a composer the possibilities are endless and I finally have an opportunity to create what I have been conceiving in my mind's ear.
J: I HAVE a few brewing in my mind's ear which I wouldn't like to hex by telling you
It's one of those expressions that fix themselves in the mind's ear.
Certainly Walton's pithy oratorio Belshazzar's Feast has lived with me, both in the mind's ear and through many performances, ever since I first fell in love with it nearly fifty years ago, when it was still practically contemporary music.
This better be bloody good' was the chant I couldn't get out of my mind's ear.
Indeed, Ravel never seemed far from Philippe Jordan's mind's ear in his dancingly prismatic account of the score, executed with precision and power by the splendid orchestra.
When I see their numbers, I again hear their wonderful, familiar voices in my mind's ear.
There, too, in your mind's ear, is the clop of hooves on trail, the wind polishing the canyon walls.