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How does music affect the human brain? It’s a huge question and that’s the real objective of Musicophilia, to explore the impact of sound on our “musical species”.
Whether you love a good tune or you’re interested in human psychology, this is a book with a lot to offer to all of us.
Oliver Sacks was a well respected neurologist and he was inspired to write this book by Ray Charles, the legendary R&B star, who said he was “born with music inside him.”
As Sacks explores how the human mind and music work in harmony, he grows to believe that Ray Charles was correct and that our lives can be truly transformed by even the simplest of harmonies.
This isn’t speculation, either, Sacks draws on a wealth of psychological literature to demonstrate that music and “being human” are inextricably intertwined.
Musicophilia is one of those texts that just makes our lives more complete – its insights are truly personal to each and every one of us. It’s an excellent read.
You can grab a copy online here.