September 13th 2009

The World in Six Songs. How the musical brain created human nature. Daniel J. Levitin

The World in Six Songs. How the musical brain created human nature. Daniel J. Levitin. 2009. ISBN 9780452295483.

If you enjoyed his, This Is Your Brain On Music, here is the next one to extend your learning.  It is about six types of songs and how they perhaps came about as we evolved   The six fundamental forms:

  • knowledge,
  • friendship,
  • religion,
  • joy,
  • comfort, and
  • love

His work  fascinates me as he weaves songs that I grew up with along with many others I do not   know of, to illustrate exactly his points.  As he makes his point I hear the song(s) playing in my head to really reinforce the idea.  And then he shows you exactly why that is happening with the scientific proof.  This could be one of the most interactive books you will read.  Learning should be this much fun all the time.  This book will really have use to you if you lead people, sell to people and/or need cross cultural awareness.  Check out www.sixsongs.net.

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