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Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain (Sacks)

Those of us at the February meeting discussed possible books for April, and we decided to go for psychology: 2007's "Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain", by Oliver Sacks.

Summary: In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people—from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds—for everything but music.

The PG County Library currently has 6 of 8 paper copies available, and 3 of 4 audiobooks available.   You can also borrow an online copy of the audiobook; I don't know how that works.

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  • Jeffrey C. J.

    As a meetup, great; as a book, overly wordy and distracting. But fun to read none the less.

    April 24, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm sorry everyone, but I can't make it today due to a work obligation.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Don't I know that drill! Hang in there Michelle!

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I won't be able to make it tonight due to an unforeseen convergence of events...looking forward to May

    April 24, 2013

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Take care Rhea! Hope everything's okay!

      April 24, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    I finished The Nothing Book (as opposed to my Nothing story which is still in progress) by 7 March so started in on this already. Nice to have some Oliver Sacks narrated to me too, even if I've already seen Tony Cicoria's story a few times: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/musical-minds.html Featuring the BBC's Alan Yentob, who was the BBC Creative Director who commissioned a new series of Doctor Who in 2005. Believe me though, the book goes well beyond Cicoria's story.

    March 10, 2013

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