Thursday, September 2, 2010

Recommended for Music Lovers and Students

This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin

When I saw this book and read the back blub, I knew I had to read it. The idea of how my brain functions when listening to music, why some people like one kind of music and others don't, and why it's possible to "kill" a song (as I put it - basically it just loses its impact after too many repeat listens), were all things I wanted to know. I'm a soundtrack junkie, and can't fathom how people don't goggle over pieces by Hans Zimmer or Basil Poledouris. And I love such a range of music from Loreena McKennitt to Korn, it's crazy. This is a pretty in-depth book if you're not familiar with a lot of the nuances of music, but it's still good. It's the sort of book you read slowly, mulling over it while drinking a cup of good coffee and nibbling on a scone. So, if you've ever wondered about music and why some notes hit your brain just right, allow Mr. Levitin to enlighten you.

Notes from the playlist: "Breakeven" by The Script

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