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Mr. Hempton so echoes my own feeling and experience of silence and beautiful music and birdsong, birdsong, birdsong,
all of which fill my day and have become my sustenance in both good times and bad. This morning's On Being interview was mesmerizing and spiritual in the truest sense. I am distraught to know that he is losing his hearing, yet I know that he has had a life full of conscious and involuntary sound since the moment he left graduate school with deliberation. Thank you, Mr. Hempton.