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Joanne Milne Hears for the First Time

This British story will make even the most hard-hearted individual well up. A 40 year old woman who was deaf from birth and was starting to go blind, as well. She had cochlear implant surgery to allow her to hear, but had to wait four excruciating weeks to find out whether the operation was successful; well, it was, and her first encounter with music (John Lennon’s “Imagine”) was caught on video. You can find the video below:

Imagine having one of your senses restored and how happy you would be; its a great modern-medical-marvel story. The woman, named Joanne, asked her friend to put together a mixtape to introduce her to music; what songs would you put on a tape for someone who was about to hear music for the first time? Rock? Classical? Your own favorites or something you feel is more representative of an era? Here are the songs her friend chose (keep in mind they’re British):

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s the One – Live at Hammersmith Odeon


Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs


Joni Mitchell – Black Crow


Steely Dan – Peg


Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky


Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?


The Specials – Do Nothing


Soft Cell – Tainted Love


The Jam – Town Called Malice


Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)


Prince – When Doves Cry


Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)


The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others


Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)


Tracy Chapman – Fast Car


The The August & September


Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart


Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!


INXS – Baby Don’t Cry


Nirvana – All Apologies


Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia


Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version


Everything But The Girl – Missing


Foo Fighters – Everlong


Massive Attack – Teardrop


Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven


The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist


Daft Punk – Digital Love


The Streets – Turn The Page


Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps


Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC


Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds


Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor


Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place


Elbow – One Day Like This


Maximo Park – Tanned


Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters


The Joy Formidable – Whirring


Bat For Lashes – Laura


Haim – Don’t Save Me

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