Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds

Why You Love Music From Mozart to Metallica The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune Music plays a hugely important role in our emotional intellectual

A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.Music plays a hugely important role in our emotional, intellectual, and even physical lives It impacts the ways we work, relax, behave, and feel It can make us smile or cry, it helps us bond with the people around us, and it even has the poA delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.Music plays a hugely important role in our emotional, intellectual, and even physical lives It impacts the ways we work, relax, behave, and feel It can make us smile or cry, it helps us bond with the people around us, and it even has the power to alleviate a range of medical conditions The songs you love and hate, and even the ones you feel pretty neutral about don t just make up the soundtrack to your life they actually help to shape it.In WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC, scientist and musician John Powell dives deep into decades of psychological and sociological studies in order to answer the question Why does music affect us so profoundly With his relaxed, conversational style, Powell explores all aspects of music psychology, from how music helps babies bond with their mothers to the ways in which music can change the taste of wine or persuade you to spend in restaurants WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC will open your eyes and ears to the astounding variety of ways that music impacts the human experience.

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.John Powell holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College at London University He has taught physics at the University of Nottingham and the University of Lulea in Sweden In 2003, he earned a master s degree in music composition from the University of Sheffield in Great Britain Source How Music Works Hachette Book Group.

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  1. I received this in exchange for an honest review via Giveaways Thank you the author, John Powell, and the publisher, John Murray, for this opportunity.This non fiction is an absolute delight to behold The focus is, as the title so aptly describes, on analyzing the impact music has on our emotions, intelligence, health and daily lives It is structured into accessible chapters that can be either read in chronological order, or dipped into according to preference I found the book absolutely fascina [...]


  2. Very disappointing book that, for my money, doesn t come close to fulfilling its subtitle The first half is moderately interesting as he discusses, in layman s terms, the various ways music moves us and the kind of music theory aspects involved repetition, surprise, etc Then the book slips into a jargon filled mode with lots of references to scientific academic experiments His musical references are uninspiring despite the subtitle, I don t he ever mentions Metallica and he doesn t even touch o [...]



  3. Imagine this as a 3 1 2 star rating I saw this book on the New Books page of my local library site and as a music lover I instantly put it on hold The concept exploring the psychology, sociology and science of why it is certain music appealed to us, sounds intriguing enough, and the first half third is very interesting about how music affects us from a psychological standpoint I spent a lot of time going OHHHH, that s what that is , which was enjoyable Powell is casual and funny in his tone, and [...]


  4. Generally, most people enjoy music Of course, some than others but when is the last time you heard someone say that they hate music Probably, never So, the question is why on a psychological or biological level do we enjoy it John Powell wondered this same question and attempts to explore it in, Why You Love Music From Mozart to Metallica the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds.Powell s Why You Love Music is a conglomerate of pop psych, theory, science neuroscience , and cognition studies focus [...]


  5. I love music so when I saw this book, I instinctively bought it I enjoyed the first 100 pages where Powell wrote about the emotional side of music including the meanings it gives to those of us who love it And I also like how there were a number of Powell s personal music recommendations sprinkled throughout the book I m always up for discovering new music All that said, I did not enjoy the bulk of the book that dealt with notes, instruments, tunes etc It all got a bit too technical and boring f [...]


  6. This book is written for the non expert and the author explains every term he uses I found this very useful since I know nothing about music theory I did play the recorder when I was in primary school and got pretty good at Men of Harlech and sang in church school choirs I have had that goosebumps feeling when listening to music or when singing in a group However I was interested to know a bit about why music means so much to us humans He gives plenty of practical examples, such as an experimen [...]


  7. John Powell s captivating book, Why You Love Music, digs deep into the minds of all to uncover why some musical elements make us cry, laugh, and love This book promises to strengthen our knowledge on music, and focuses on the big question Why Why does a certain beat make us feel nostalgic, or why are we focused under the influence of different styles of music Powell s intent is to inform readers of musical elements we would never even know to think of, and how those elements affect our lives Fo [...]


  8. Boy did I struggle with this book I couldn t even get to the fascinating science without having to maneuver around the author s sarcasm, snarky comments, and attempt at wit The author may have the qualifications to write about music and psychology, but the writing style makes it sound like a college kid writing an essay One that goes on, and on, and on


  9. Occasionally amusing, and it successfully helped me grasp some concepts I ve previously found elusive, but I frequently zoned out during much of the second half and I don t really understand why I love music any better than I did before.


  10. This was an interesting book brimming with British humor I didn t rate this book 5 stars since there were some musical terms jargon I didn t understand since I m not musically inclined The first half the book is good for people like me who greatly appreciates music, but is not musical by any means, while the second half the book is technical and resonates with musicians.


  11. Received this book through an ARC Interesting look at the ins and outs of what makes music and how that effects us through our emotions and connections.


  12. Why You Love Music by John Powell How Science Shed an Amusing Light on MusicWhy do we love music Whether we are pursuing a music career or whether we have no music lesson at all, most of us have tunes or genres which we love without knowing why It seems merely natural for us just to feel how music affects our emotions.Is it important to know why we love music Unlike food and money, music is not usually considered as something you need to survive But if we have known how music has been applied in [...]


  13. Powell s book fulfills its intended purpose as a light and popular exploration of the psychological and sociological aspects of music Personally, and unlike many readers here, I found the second half, where Powell discusses the intersection of physiology and musicology, to be the most interesting I m neither a musician nor a musicologist, so his explanation of Just and Equal Temperament was the first time the topic made sense to me Also very satisfying was his plain and accessible assertion of w [...]


  14. I enjoy music and it is a meaningful part of life but I have never thought about why I Love Music This is a book with dry musical terms interspersed with wry humor and simple illustrations that helped explain above terms I struggled to read the book, reading a few chapters and then putting it down for months, and picking it up again to do the same However, chapter 14 How Musicians Push Our Buttons and the concluding chapter 15 Why You Love Music are worth the entire book.


  15. I found this book to help explain the why aspects of music for me I found it very interesting that the science between sound, music, and emotion was discussed throughout the book There were references to music theory and some information I recorded in my journal to recall later Overall, I enjoyed the book as a novice to music theory I think the author did a great job


  16. For some reason my sarcastic alter ego wrote a book on music after being handed a stack of psychology data Okay 1 for explaining how octaves work 1 for the appendices with the technical science details that are the best part of the book.


  17. While I expected science and psychology in the book, I found it at times a little too much on the technical side, which left it feeling dry And it was a bit light on why we like what we like, as the title alludes to Could ve been much better.


  18. In all honesty I didn t finish the book because I think I got what I wanted out of it I ll probably revisit it sometime in the future I found the first part of the book about personality, mood, development, and music taste to be interesting I d definitely recommend.


  19. Excellent fascinating read Interesting slants on stuff I already knew and lots of stuff I didn t know Enough to make me immediately get his previous book How Music Works.


  20. More great fun from Powell Even though some parts are a retread from the previous book, there is still plenty of information and wit here to keep even a well educated musician happy.





  21. Jak wielu poprzednik w ju zauwa y o, publikacja raczej tylko dotyka kwestii muzyki i tego, jak rol odgrywa w naszym yciu Pierwsza cz jest po wi cona psychologicznym i spo ecznym aspektom muzyki, jednak e autor jedynie opisuje wyst powanie pewnych zjawisk popieraj c je wybranymi do wiadczeniami przeprowadzonymi przez naukowc w bez ich g bszej analizy Z jednej strony jest to zrozumia e, gdy wtedy ksi ka liczy aby setki stron, z drugiej cz sto odnosi em wra enie, e s to rzeczy dobrze mi znane Po pr [...]


  22. I received this book as a First Read It s a quick read The book is written in a conversational tone for lay people It presents an educational and humorous look at the history and psychology of music It also looks at the effect music has on us and why we like the music that we do The book looks at tones, lyrics, melodies, rhythms, etc It also investigates the role of music in shopping, medicine, movies, and education Easily one of the best books of the year.


  23. I only decided to read the first half of this book interested in the effects of music on the mind, and found myself reading about various studies on the effects of music during various activities With obvious, predictable results The other half is on the relationship of instrument sounds on our listening ears Which I had no interest in reading about, since I do not play an instrument.


  24. Very interesting and well written book on music Gets very technical at times and sometimes very dense I especially like the examples he gives but I do get tired of his using Baa, Baa, Black Sheep as his sample to work with on how tunes are constructed and how harmony works I think I need to re read it to comprehend some of it.Chapters are What is your taste in music Lyrics, and meaning in music Music and your emotions Repetition, surprises, and goose bumps Music as medicine Does music make you [...]


  25. If you like music, you should find this work interesting It attempts successfully to answer the question of why you like music, and what are the secrets that make particular music appealing Each chapter takes on an interesting facet of the issue from Music as Medicine to Does Music Make You More Intelligent I enjoyed the chapter on Musical Dissonance as mush as I usually flee from it The analysis of taste in music as it relates to age is intriguing as is the discussion of some of the techniques [...]


  26. I picked up this book at the library because I love music, both to play it and to listen to it There were some interesting points, but generally I didn t find it that informing I always notice what music is playing in restaurants and other public places and am drawn to wanting to sing along or stop and listen It was interesting to read how much analysis has gone into using music to get consumers to part with their dollars while eating and drinking I believe in the premise of practice and devotin [...]


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