Author(s): Indre Viskontas
"Thisbrilliant little book is clear, lucid, and easy to read. It is packed withfascinating information that I didn't know, and I suspect most people don'tknow either. I shall give it to lots of friends."
How cancertain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, orunite 50,000 diverse fans? In this fascinating field guide, neuroscientist andopera singer Indre Viskontas investigates what music is and how it can changeus for the better--from deep in our neurons to across our entire society.Whether hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors,readers will think about their favorite songs in a whole new way by the end ofthis book. This is a vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile.
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"Musicis perhaps the strangest and most powerful of all human creations. It communicatesdirectly what cannot be expressed in words-- our complex emotions, and therichness of our experience. Finally, Indre Viskontas, combining her deepknowledge of neuroscience and music, has lifted the veil on the mysteriouseffects of music to move us, showing us not only how the human brain createsthe magical patterns of music but also why music has the power to affect uslike no other form of communication. An extremely important and inspiringbook."