By John Powell
It’s hard to imagine a world without music. The music we hear and love creates the soundtracks of our memories – the melodies of our lives. It has the power to soothe, excite, engage and enliven us – and can even relieve pain. Musisc plays a commanding role in our emotional, intellectual and physical lives.
In Why You Love Music, author John Powell, scientist and musician, delves into decades of psychological and sociological research to discover what it is about music that affects us so dramatically. Why for many of us music seems to be a basic need, like air, water and food. Powell offers that our musical taste can tell a great deal about us, from what sort of background we come from, to how extroverted we are or even our age.
As human beings we may not share the same tastes in music, but what appears to be universal is the importance music holds for all of us. According to Publishers Weekly, “Powell delivers a solid case for why, indeed, people love (and need) music.”