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Notes to Soothe the Savage Cells - NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/weekinreview/11jennings.htm ... 1 of 3 1/12/2009 8:14 AM This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers here or use the "Reprints" tool that appears next to any article. Visit www.nytreprints.com for samples and additional information. Order a reprint of this article now. January 11, 2009 Notes to Soothe the Savage Cells By DANA JENNINGS In this age of iPods, the digital download and the Web, we can’t resist playlists — composing our own and eavesdropping on those whipped up by others. They’re like salty snacks for our ears. The art of the playlist, though, can be more profound than just homing in on the 10 best songs to kick-start a Saturday night blowout. We create them for road trips out West (and back East), for romance and abstinence, for funerals and baptisms. Sometimes, it seems, a life lived without a soundtrack is no life at all. I’m currently being treated for an advanced case of prostate cancer , and while the hormone shots and the radiation sessions are essential, they don’t tell the whole treatment tale. I’m a music-obsessive, and I can’t imagine having prostate cancer without listening to just the right music to complement my moods: joy and sadness, anger and gratitude, fear and doubt. (For the record, I also dose myself with long hikes and vintage slapstick by the likes of the Three Stooges and the Little Rascals.) There’s always a cornucopia of news articles about cancer — treatment breakthroughs, clinical studies, survival rates — but there’s much less on how to live with cancer, whether you’re the patient, a family
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2010 for the course PSY 3206 taught by Professor Howell during the Spring '10 term at Minnesota.

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