A music lesson, not a reading lesson.  He was a master at matching vowels and consonants as separate elements of words that produced meaning on their own, meaning inherent in their repetition, independent of the literal meaning of the words themselves.  Immersion in the word as object to be savored and enjoyed in all its separate elements is left out of the training of musicians, who tend to look down on words as being too -- too what, exactly?  Too simple?  
Take a lesson from Dr. Seuss: Get a pet!


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