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The World in Six Songs

How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
Levitin, Daniel J. (Book - 2008 )
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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.
Authors: Levitin, Daniel J.
Title: The world in six songs
how the musical brain created human nature
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2008
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel J. Levitin
Contents: Taking it from the top, or, "The hills are alive
"
Friendship, or, "War (What is it good for)?"
Joy, or, "Sometimes you feel like a nut"
Comfort, or, "Before there was Prozac, there was you"
Knowledge, or, "I need to know"
Religion, or, "People get ready"
Love, or, "Bring 'em all in."
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0525950737
9780525950738
Branch Call Number: 781.11 L666w 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-329) and index
Subject Headings: Music Origin Music Social aspects Music Psychological aspects
Topical Term: Music
Music
Music
LCCN: 2008012298
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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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