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Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

Two days after 9/11, a bagpipe marching band playing a Sousa march paraded down an otherwise quiet section of State Parkway in Chicago, and, like the other passersby, I began to move to the music. As I became aware of the effects of the music on my body, I made a strong effort to break my step, and to not be seduced by the seductive rhythm of the band. Normally I have no difficulty walking or dancing out of step with the music. Many years ago when I was in the National Guard I would always be the one skipping along trying to line up my feet with everyone else’s. But on that day in September, I had to make a very powerful effort to walk out of step and to not to keep pace with the beat of the band. It was easy to feel one with the music and what it represented.

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