Hooked on phonics: the long and short of my cymbals


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"OK Sherman, let's set the Way Back Machine to the first grade".

Remember learning to read with vowel sounds designated with either a hyphen shaped or u shaped symbol (NOT cymbal) hovering above the letter in question?

Well, I may be nuts, or simply regressing, but each voice in my cymbal array corresponds to one of these sounds. From right to left: short I, long E, short U, short A. Nice to have choices of voices. There is a great deal more to the response parameters than this alone, but I swear I hear these plain and clear.

Maybe all together they spell OCD.

OK, back to the woodshed...