In an article titled Music in Your Ears (January 28, 2013 The New Yorker), Adam Gopnick writes about the combination of neuroscience and acoustical technology. When I read this:
"scientists have found that “people like music played with a bit of, but not too much, expressiveness . . . the two expressive dimensions whose force in music Levitin had measured . . . were defections from precision. Vibrato is a way of not quite landing directly on the note: rubato is not quite keeping perfectly to the beat. Expressiveness is error . . . "
Sparks flew! I immediately began connecting this concept to literature. Then a few sentences on, I leaped out of my chair after reading:
“. . . Levitin could show” (measure scientifically) “that what really moves us in music is the vital sign of a human hand, in all its unsteady and broken grace. (Too much imperfection and it sounds like a madman playing: too little, and it sounds like a robot.) . . . The art is the perfected imperfection.” (italics mine)
This is exactly what makes good writing. But I also leaped from my chair because the idea was so beautifully expressed. A good idea can ignite your brain and imagination, and nothing makes me feel more alive than that.