Thursday, January 24, 2013

Music Therapy

Music lovers know the profound impact a song can have on your mood. One book reviewer listed below wrote, "...playing 'Johnny B. Goode' can transform washing the floor into dancing at a night club." If you are interested in learning more about the psychological aspects of music, check out some of the books below.

Your playlist can change your life : 10 proven ways your favorite music can revolutionize your health, memory, organization, alertness, and more / Galina Mindlin, Don DuRousseau, Joseph Cardillo.
"...readers can use music to relieve anxiety, increase alertness, feel happier, and sharpen memory." (Library Journal review)

Healing at the speed of sound : how what we hear transforms our brains and our lives; from music to silence and everything in between / Don Campbell and Alex Doman.
"Each chapter focuses on a single aspect of everyday life, providing advice, exercises, wide-ranging playlists, and links so readers can use the music they love to create the perfect soundtrack for any goal or task." (publisher's summary)

The power of music : pioneering discoveries in the new science of song / Elena Mannes.
Preliminary but striking investigation into the effects of music on everything from string theory to a baby's cry, from documentarian Mannes." (Kirkus review)

How music works : the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond / John Powell.
"He selects examples from all manner of disciplines-music composition, simple mathematics, physics, engineering, history--and offers his insights, such as Bach's Prelude in C Major is similar to Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven.'" (Publishers Weekly Review)

Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain / Oliver Sacks.
"Music seems to be meaningless, and our love of it inexplicable, but neurologist Sacks, one of the foremost physician-essayists of the day, charmingly argues that music is essential to being human in ways that have only begun to be understood." (Booklist review)

Readers of this blog already know that "music is essential to being human," but the books above may give you a little insight into why.


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