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Healing Songs Hardcover – April 13, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822337029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822337027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ted Gioia enriches and makes real the powerful message that music is, and has always been, an integral part of the toolkit that ordinary humans have used to navigate life. He shows that, far from being a pastime to fill idle moments or a distraction from everyday preoccupations, music addresses fundamental issues of human existence, survival, and liberation. Gioia’s work offers hope to those who fear that the corporate mass media may have suffocated the age-old impulse of ordinary people to make music their own.”—John Sloboda, author of Exploring the Musical Mind

About the Author

Ted Gioia, pianist, composer, and one of the founders of Stanford University’s Jazz Studies program, is the author of Work Songs, also published by Duke University Press, as well as several celebrated books, including West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945–1960. His book The History of Jazz was selected as one of the best books of the year by Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post, chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times, and honored with the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ award for best nonfiction work of the year. His book The Imperfect Art won the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award and was named a Jazz Book of the Century by the Jazz Educators Journal. He has recorded several compact discs as a leader, including The End of the Open Road and Tango Cool.


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Ted Gioia is a pianist, critic and music historian. The Dallas Morning News has called him "one of the outstanding music historians in America." Two of Gioia's works have been named notable books of the year by the New York Times, and three others have been honored with the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. In addition, Gioia was one of the founders of the jazz studies program at Stanford and formerly served as editor-in-chief of www.jazz.com, a major music web portal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stilwell on January 28, 2013
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Gioia is a well-respected musicologist who has researched a number of topics from a thoughtfully academic perspective, and "Healing Songs" is no exception. Providing us with a cultural and historical overview of how healers of many traditions use music in their rituals, Gioia is able to put things into context without catering what might be seen as the "hocus-pocus" of folk religions. The book should be utilized as a supplement for those undertaking the study of music therapy, as it provides much validation of the practical side of music in healing. At no time does Gioia imply or even seem to believe that these songs are "magic" or that there is a spirituality that accompanies the effectiveness thereof, but he instead looks at the effectiveness of placeboes and compares the benefits of the spiritual and social elements with the conviction that there will be success.

It's a fairly easy read, and is not exceedingly long. I feel that the book is certainly deserving of a place on my bookshelf as well as on that of any doctor, music therapist, ethnomusicologist or religious musician. As a Christian worship leader, the book helps me to understand the positive power that music can have in the life and body of believers, and how I can best provide an atmosphere that will encourage the positive changes.
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