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The World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin
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Jun 18, 2011

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bookshelves: own, music, the-brain

Daniel Levitin, author of "This is your Brain on Music" sadly failed to capture the same astounding and interesting threads which made his previous book a must-read.

The premise is capturing: songs basically helped create human nature versus the other way around and some of the ideas really make you think (i.e. drum beats (music) helped motivate the cavemen to progress in their development). Further, this books says it won't categorize music because it is impossible to do but does just that.

The downside is that unlike Levitin's other works, The World in Six Songs features less scientific and experimental truths and focuses more on what comes off as Levitin's speculations and own opinions. Although an easy-read, much of the information doesn't stick out as opposed to all the factoids in This is Your Brain on Music. This is proven by the fact that I hardly remember what I learned in this book and yet read it much more recently than This is Your Brain on Music.

A fun-read and somewhat interesting but it won't "rock your world" so to speak.

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