The World in Six Songs

The World in Six Songs

How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

Book - 2008
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The author of the New York Times bestseller (six weeks and counting) and Los Angeles Times Book Award Nominee This Is Your Brain on Music (more than 170,000 copies in print) tunes us in to six evolutionary musical forms that provide a window into the human soul. An unprecedented blend of science and art, Daniel Levitinas debut, This Is Your Brain on Music, delighted readers with an exuberant guide to the neural impulses behind those songs that make our heart swell. Now he showcases his daring theory of asix songs, a illuminating how the brain evolved to play and listen to music in six fundamental formsafor knowledge, friendship, ceremony, 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 cutting-edge scientific findings with his own sometimes hilarious experiences as a musician and music-industry professional, Levitinas sweeping study also incorporates wisdom gleaned from interviews with icons ranging from Sting and Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, and David Byrne, along with classical musicians and conductors, historians, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists. The result is a brilliant revelation of the prehistoric yet elegant systems at play when we sing and dance at a wedding or cheer at a concertaor tune out quietly with an iPod.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2008.
ISBN: 9780525950738
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 24 cm.


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Not as good a read as previous book and somewhat repetitive. I skipped through much of it.


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Oct 24, 2008

"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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