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Letters to the Arts Editor

Harmony’s in trouble? Cue
the chorus.

It’s about time there was an erudite acknowledgment that we are living through a musical dark ages (“Whatever happened to harmony?,” Arts, April 21, James Reed). I have had this ongoing conversation with music people for years. I am 63, so I am allowed to wax nostalgic. I consider myself very lucky to have experienced the magic of the harmony years, when rock ’n’ roll was young. I can actually remember singing the 1956 Five Satins song, “In the Still of the Night,” in harmony with a group of friends under one guy’s girlfriend’s window. Can you imagine something like that these days?

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