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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


"Healing Songs provides a penetrating look at therapeutic music. . . . Healing Songs is the type of book which will certainly have a wide reading appeal among those who enjoy jazz, music, sonic techniques, and wish to know about music as a tool for healing. It is well-written, concise, and enjoyable. It will undoubtedly find a welcome spot on your bookshelf, frequently revisited in order to savor its contents. Healing Songs takes readers on a transcendent journey. Educational and enjoyable. Highly recommended."
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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"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822337029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822337027
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 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: #1,182,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Priscilla Stilwell on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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