We were listening to "Eleanor Rigby" yesterday (because it was a Tuesday, and Ben wanted to celebrate by listening to the Beatles), and I realized that in fact the only instrumentation is the string ensemble (orchestrated by George Martin) -- none of the Beatles actually play their own instruments on that one. So it's not too surprising that Ben would recognize that melody played on the violin. Well, maybe it still is -- music appreciation with a CI is iffy, as a quick survey of the adult CI-user blogs on deafvillage will confirm.
What I'm really wondering is how much of Ben's apparent appreciation of melody is due to his bimodal hearing (CI + HA), and how much can be attributed to the Fidelity 120 processing strategy on his Advanced Bionics CI. I'll never know for sure, but it would be nice to gain a little insight into this as he gets older and can describe his perceptions.
3 weeks ago