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.
See also: ear
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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.
An inability to tune up one's voice by first imagining music in the mind's ear can also instigate karaoke catastrophes.
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 one of those expressions that fix themselves in the mind's ear.
But it's still true: we don't say, '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.
My grandmother's speech was much less Black Country, but once again the mind's ear has been imprinted with only one utterance.
Beyond how the poem is a poem, however, there are moments of real beauty and great poetry: lines such as "Betweenpie, I expected the loveliest brainchild ever" (75) and "Character captured/at the hinge of two destinies // While still unhandseled/When water was precise" (53) reward the mind's ear.
I've got to get off this table,' said the clear voice of the visitor in the mind's ear of the little girl.
Moreover, singing is the only true test to see if the instrumentalist actually can hear the music being played with the mind's ear, without an instrument.
In the mind's ear, one has an ideal of the perfect performance of a piece.
The crushing crash of symbols stretch into silence Fractured by climactic screams from reeds in distress Bringing down the walls round our love supreme The Orchestra plays disharmonies to the mind's ears made harmonious by the soul adrift in timeless space space spanned by the eruptions of beauty that sprouts and pouts like the frills of petals from a poem.