…It needs no mediation. Some of the most profound experiences I’ve had were all related to music. The queen of my heart, magic in the making, always providing me with guidance and tales of hope.
This particular quote is from a book I am currently reading entitled Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by best-selling author and neurology professor, Oliver Sacks. For me, neuroscience is fascinating enough as it is. But when coupled with music and how people experience it, it becomes something akin to an odyssey to the workings of our brains when exposed to music.
Although the term ‘musicophilia’ literally translates as ‘love for music’ (from the Greek philo which means loving, fond of), author and journalist Stephen Poole brilliantly captures the essence of the concept as it is described in the book:
Musicophilia is about the more mysterious, and currently inexplicable, ways in which music affects the brain, for good or ill.
A remarkable gathering of ‘neurological musings’ – I highly recommend it.