Monday, June 15, 2009

A harbinger of two reviews of two great books

Both books are about music. Both are non-fiction stories. Both are great. To such extent that I decided to write this short note just to anticipate the reviews, I will write in due course.

The first is "The Soloist" is the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, American musician who developed a mental illness while he was a promising student of famous Juilliard School of Music. The story is written by Steve Lopez, a journalist and columnist for Los Angeles Times.

The book tells the story of how powerful is music and how it can heal. See more here soon.

The second is completely different - yet there is some mysterious link to "The Soloist". It is "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Olivier Sacks. It's almost a scientific treatise on the link between what we know about musical perception and neuroscience. I'm still in the beginning of it, but it shows that musical perception is a unique phenomenon, different from just perception of sounds. Seems like there is really sixth sense - and it is that of pure music !!!

Both reviews will appear here shortly. The first book is read, the second listened to :-)

 

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