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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.
There are a number of DVD's explaining this too, including others made by the same people showcased in "The Musical Brain". Some of the the others are longer and go into more detail.
However, this 1-hour made-for-TV (PBS) show perfectly summarizes the impact of music on our brain (and overall well being). It is interesting, factual (you'll learn about and see some of the scientific testing involved) and entertaining (showcasing several modern artists, such as Feist and Sting). It provides an excellent explanation, backed with scientific proof on why there needs to be more support for instrumental music programs in our schools.
From the womb to the tomb, in sickness and in health, music plays a larger role in our lives than we realize.
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This was a gift for my sister-in-law's birthday which I have not seen. I believe she liked it.Published 18 months ago by Dwight M. Collins
I saw this documentary a few years ago and was rapt to find Amazon selling it. Only thing- it has an area code so I can't play it here in Oz. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Judy O'Neill