This is another book by Daniel Levitin. It is a book about the brain and how music influences it and vice versa.
According to Levitin, our brains made music, art, science and society possible. He uncovers six fundamental ways that songs communicate emotion and ideas. These are:
- Songs of Friendship
- Songs of Joy
- Songs of Comfort
- Songs of Religion
- Songs of Knowledge
- Songs of Love
His book mixes cutting edge neuroscience, his own sometimes hilarious experiences in the music business, and illuminating interviews with experts from Sting and David Bryne to conductors, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists. In the process, Levitin reveals the prehistoric, elegant systems at play when we sing and dance at weddings, cheer at a concert or tune out privately with an iPod.
I loved this book. Being musically minded myself and loving the songs that are played on the radio and at concerts, I can completely attest how music can be such a wonderful celebration.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth