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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
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really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, challenge-1010-by-2020, nook

I cannot remember a time in my life when I have not loved music and loved to sing. I was raised in an environment where singing, and singing in front of others was pervasive. That being said, other than voice lessons, I have very little formal knowledge of what music is. I do not play an instrument or read music easily, and I most certainly have never been taught how music impacts the brain. Fortunately for me, in Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Oliver Sacks addresses the latter, and does so in his beautiful flowing style. Somethings I've suspected were confirmed. Other pipe dreams, like that I could someday acquire perfect pitch, were dashed, but that is fine because of how fascinating the book was. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in any facet of music or the workings of the human brain.
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Oliver Sacks
“The power of music, whether joyous or cathartic must steal on one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace--”
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain


Reading Progress

January 6, 2011 – Shelved
October 14, 2011 – Started Reading
October 14, 2011 –
page 53
13.91% "Excellent so far, but probably won't be the fastest read."
October 19, 2011 –
page 97
25.46%
October 24, 2011 –
page 137
35.96% "I found the section on absolute pitch particularly fascinating. It's an ability I've always wished I had."
October 27, 2011 –
page 161
42.26% "just can't seem to focus today"
October 31, 2011 –
page 214
56.17%
November 5, 2011 –
page 266
69.82%
November 15, 2011 –
page 308
80.84%
November 16, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: challenge-1010-by-2020
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: nook

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