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This is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession Paperback – July 4, 2019
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- Publisher : Penguin (July 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241987350
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241987353
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.79 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Music therapy gives me new hope that he can still learn and grow even after his academic progress has stalled.
The author has such an interesting background music combined with neuroscience. I loved his other book too entitled "The Organized Mind" ... Dan Levitin has a way of making me feel completely normal that my brain feels often on the verge of exploding as it tries to cope with modern life.... I love how the author EXPLAINS why playing/practicing music/listening to music clapping hands to a good rhythm, singing in unison, watching a familiar old musical or a newer one like La la Land is so helpful
(relaxing, energizing, calming, whatever mood I seek, there's a song for it. this book is full of interesting music trivia and he uses great examples of familiar songs so you immediately get his points on how songs are written and why we like some more than others, get some stuck in our heads and others are nails on chalkboard based on our own tastes/experiences ... so interesting how the "younger generation" has been rebelling against parents but also rediscovering and enjoying prior generations' music as well.
A great read that literally plays music in your head. An Ode to Joy.
This a fantastic book, if for nothing more than it gets you interested in wanting to read more. The author, much like modern astrophysicists like C. Sagan and L. Krauss might describe space ("billions and billions..."), has quite a way with words. He embeds in the reader a sense of wonder, and of amazement, at the magic that happens when you listen to music. If you're an audiophile who does not have an over inflated view of yourself and has a generally open mind about music, then this book is for you. I am not educated in this field whatsoever, and I found the analogies, comparisons, and even the really "dense" material very enticing and interesting.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements and claims the author makes because I am not educated in this field. He could be completely wrong and pushing his own agenda (although it's a little hard to arrive at that conclusion unless you have some sort of raging superiority complex). But that kind of conversation, which fills many of the lower rated reviews, is missing the point.
The language, the examples, the ranges of simple description to complicated extrapolation, it is all nourishing. These are interesting things to think about. And for a layman like myself, the point is not to be right, but to be interested. After reading this book, I don't care if he's right (although I doubt his inaccuracies, if any, surmount to much). I just care that he made me think about music in a new and interesting way.
And for the average reader like myself, that is all you should want from a book like this.
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I do feel he’s a little off the mark with regard to some of his theories, particularly with regard to music and people with ASD. I have Asperger syndrome, I am perfectly able to detect emotion in music, and to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of art, in fact I’m more able to than most neuro typical people I know.
I'm taking this book slowly and hopefully methodically.