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circa 1925: A novelty hat with musical notes embroidered on, created for a famous operatic star. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Are you one of those people who occasionally hears a song and thinks to yourself, ‘hmmm….that kinda sounds like…’?

Cos I am definitely that person.

Some songs are obvious (John Mellencamp‘s “R.O.C.K. In The USA”, The Romantics‘ “What I Like About You”), while others (the infamous “Stairway to Heaven”, “Taurus” debate), maybe not so cut and dry.

Music is the universal language so I wonder, where does one draw that invisible line between a copy and one’s imagination?

That’s what this article attempts to figure out.

In the meantime, I’m just gonna enjoy the sequence of sounds.

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