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The Secret Power of Music: The Transformation of Self and Society through Musical Energy

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This study of the hidden side of music and its subtle effects is one of the most detailed books ever written on the subject.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Destiny Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Iso Cambia
Aug 25, 2012 Iso Cambia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Horrible, terrible, very bad book.

I am a music therapist, and I have lived and studied Chinese culture and music - IN China. That section of the book wasn't too bad.

Chapter two is when he really starts to go off the deep end. He makes definitive statements about music history that simply aren't true, and the contempt he has for 20th century music comes through loud and clear. I'm not sure why he dedicated a chapter to something he clearly thinks so little of. He claims that the spirituality of 2
Andrew Ralton
Aug 18, 2013 Andrew Ralton rated it did not like it
I read this quite a few years ago, and I remember thinking that some of the theories were pretty 'out there' and definitely biased against modern music, particularly pop and music of African origin. It's an extremely peculiar and strictured view, and one that is not really substantiated in the text, other than what the author says. I found some interesting pieces of information - the word 'jazz' is derived from an African word for sex apparently, although I have no other corroboration for this s ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Barry rated it liked it
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Mr Tame does his research and gives a history lesson on the views of music from the ancients from Asian and European perspectives. He discusses how music effects listeners and the society at large and delves into the implications that changes in music preferences lead to.

The historical and cultural chapters of this book are very much worth reading, while the others are filled with New Age/mysticism pseudo-science that damages the credibility of the book as a whole. Mr Tame attempts to write a co
Jan 13, 2012 Abram rated it liked it
Music is such a huge part of our lives that most of take for granted the effect it poses upon our being. I liked the subject matter and approach of the topic, really it is nothing I have ever contemplated in any depth before now, but Mr. Tame gave a great angle to the presentation of the book.
It covers many facets and history of different cultural aspects of music. If you are at all interested in music, environmental effect upon the human state or this facet of the history of the societies of th
Joanne (D.)
Sep 19, 2012 Joanne (D.) rated it it was amazing
Awesome! In the first few chapters, you can really see his bias towards different types of music and this (to me) accounts for some misrepresentation of the effects of certain genres on ones morals but it's still very interesting. The amazing part of the book starts at the chapter on The Physics of Om; absolutely fascinating and thought-provoking. I adore this book!
Eagleyemex Flynn
Sep 20, 2012 Eagleyemex Flynn rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful book on mucic and society. One chapter "The physics of the OM" is a scientific look at vibration (meaning ALL of creation) that helps the reader see the unity in creation. Written in layman's language it reveals much.
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