The World in Six Songs

How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

Levitin, Daniel J.

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The World in Six Songs
The author of This Is Your Brain on Music showcases his theory of how the brain evolved to play and listen to music in six fundamental forms--for knowledge, friendship, religion, joy, comfort, and love. Preserving the emotional history of our lives and of our species, from its very beginning music was also allied to dance, as the structure of the brain confirms; developing this neurological observation, Levitin shows how music and dance enabled the social bonding and friendship necessary for human culture and society to evolve. Blending scientific findings with his own experiences as a musician and music-industry professional, Levitin also incorporates wisdom gleaned from interviews with icons ranging from Sting and Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell, and David Byrne, along with classical musicians and conductors, historians, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2008
ISBN: 9780525950738
Branch Call Number: 781.11 L666w 2008
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,24 cm


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Oct 24, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I believe that synchronous coordinated song and movement were what created the strongest bonds between early humans, or protohumans, and these allowed for the formation of larger living groups, and eventually of society as we know it." pg.50


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