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A record producer become as behavioral therapist and tries his theories on Sting, Buble', Jean and Feist!
on August 27, 2012
This 50-minute medical/musical documentary was made in 2009 for the National Geographic Channel and may have aired on some PBS stations as well. It revolves around the research of Dr. Daniel Levitin who was a record producer in the 1970s (he engineered albums by Steely Dan and Blue Oyster Cult, among either) and, in his 30s decided to go to medical school and became a cognitive therapist and behavioral researcher. He has his PhD.and he teaches at McGill University in Canada.
Levitin did a lot of research on how the brain reacts to music but want to test what the brain does when a musician is composing music as well. He needed a "guinea pig" and who did he find? Sting - the rock star and former lead of the band The Police. Sting agreed to be wired and tested while in an MRI unit.
The film includes lengthy interviews with Sting as well as Haitian musician Wyclef Jean, singer (Leslie) Feist and Canadian superstar Michael Buble'. You'll hear brief performances of their hits, but most of the time the film focuses on Levitin's theories. The 50 minutes goes by quickly.
There are no bonus features but the film itself is interesting and takes a new approach to how music affects our attitudes as well as our health.
I enjoyed it, and I think others will too. It's similar to programs that PBS shows on it NOVA series.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.