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The Musical Brain: Its Evolutionary Origins and Profound Effects on Our Lives by [James, Abel]
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About the Author

Coined a modern-day "Renaissance man," Abel James is an author, entrepreneur, professional musician, and radio show host

As host of the wildly-popular Fat-Burning Man Show, Abel brings Paleo, ancestral, and real food principles to the mainstream. Also a strategy consultant specializing in process improvement and best practices, Abel has conducted research studies, presentations, and guest lectures in North America, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia for Fortune 500 companies, the Federal Government, and Ivy League Institutions.

In "The LeanBody Lifestyle," Abel reveals the secret to fat loss and healthy muscle-building techniques and unveils deceptive marketing practices, exposes misleading corporate propaganda, and highlights powerful special interests that have accelerated the worldwide obesity epidemic and health crisis.

A tireless researcher, Abel James completed high school and college in a total of just six years. Distinguished as Valedictorian at New Hampton School, he earned his Artium Baccalaureatus from Dartmouth College and graduated as a Senior Fellow with Honors concentrating in Psychological and Brain Sciences.

He focused his fellowship research on the evolutionary and biological basis of the faculty of music and the effects of technological advances on business, popular music, and culture. He published the findings of his research as "The Musical Brain."

A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Abel produced his first recordings at the age of 15, playing guitars, keys, saxophones, drums, percussion, bass, and vocals. He has since toured North America and Europe with several groups, including as the director of the Dartmouth Aires (who were recently awarded "Silver" on NBC's "The Sing Off") performing to sold-out crowds and winning CASA's album of the year.

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  • File Size: 1005 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: James Strategy, LLC (March 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PVCVDG
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The book is mostly a summary of research .comment and conjecture into the how and why of musicianship.There are many references for anyone who wishes to take the matter further.I found it interesting as a musician,altho I think I disagree with their "nature versus nurture theories.Their findings apply more to the classical studying and playing field,than to self taught folk such as myself,who,somehow happened to be born with the ability to hear harmony without initially studying it or being able to put a name to it.That is nature before nurture.Worth a read for anyone interested in what makes musicians'different'.
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The Musical Brain is heady, thoroughly researched, and offers interesting perspective on how music and musical training affects the function of the brain. Musicians clearly think differently, and this book provides substantial insight into how and why.

The Musical Brain explores possible explanations for where music came from and why it is so important to the human experience in a relatively brief 50 pages. Not a quick 50 pages, mind you. But worth paying attention to and reading more than once. This is a book that every intelligent musician and non-musician alike should have in their back pocket.
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Abel James covers a lot of ground in this book in terms of research about the evolution of our musical ability and the effects of music on our brains and thus our lives. In explaining these concepts, he uses a considerable array of primary sources comprising several published research papers. The presentation of such a huge list of sources is the book's strong suit as similar books on these topics are generally based not solely on primary research papers but also other books and articles which may have cited such sources. This certainly provides great authenticity to this book.

Ironically, this also is a weakness of the book as it tends to sound very dry and academic. It appears that James simply published his treatise from a few years back (as indicated in his introduction) as is without trying to make it more interesting to a wider audience, an audience not merely of his then fellow students and academics but also those readers less specialised but perhaps more eclectic in their outlook. This is rather surprising too considering that the James seems to have acquired considerable experience also in such diverse fields as music-making, strategy consulting and radio show hosting and could without difficulty have used anecdotes and experiences from these areas to illuminate certain concepts. The author himself confesses, in his conclusion, that his view of music has changed since writing this treatise and he realises that music is lot more art rather than science. If you applied this rubric to the book too, it would have been a lot more interesting if it had included a lot more of art and a little less of science.
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This book was very informative, but not written for the non-musician-neurologist or the non-neurologist musician. I have been a musician for 55 years and found the musical sections extremely interesting; I was lost when the discussions of brain functioning were discussed. I would recommend this book to any musician who is interested in neurology and any neurologist who is interested in music.
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"The Musical Brain" goes into depths about music and cognitive function rarely explored. It gives plentiful references for research-hungry music or neuroscience enthusiasts while keeping the connections between music, evolution and the brain woven in an orderly and cogent fashion. It's a true eye-opener about music--a human ability so easy to take for granted and yet so perplexing in its origins and function!
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Bought book as gift for daughter in law. Shipping good. Only problem is printing was off, so she had to hold the book tilted about 20 degrees to right to read text in usual way. Book was cheap and short and she did not want me to return it, read as was.
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Easy to read and enjoyable book. I examined other books at 5 times the number of pages and 3-4 times the price and this book had about the same information.
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"The Musical Brain", is a technical review of extraordinary breadth. In seeking to answer the question, "What is the origin of music, and why does it play such an enormous role in our lives?" James raises many additional questions as well as paths for continued exploration into the causes and effects of musical expression.

That being said, there are books that you read and there are books that you study. For me, "The Musical Brain" fell into the latter category. I had been lagging in my own musical practice routine and after discovering the myriad benefits of musical training, I dusted off my guitar, tuned it, and went to YouTube to learn how to play "Dust in the Wind" (Don't judge! It's great practice for learning how to finger pick!)
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