[Dixielandjazz] Music Soothes the Savage Breast and Animates The Hemispheres

Mike mike at railroadstjazzwest.com
Tue Nov 20 14:31:19 PST 2007

Nice informative post; thanks again Steve.


Steve Barbone wrote:
> Off topic perhaps, but is this why we all hear music differently and can
> seldom agree on definitions of things like "Jazz", or "OKOM"?
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> NY Times Book Review By MICHIKO KAKUTANI - November 20, 2007
> MUSICOPHILIA  - Tales of Music and the Brain
> By Oliver Sacks -3 81 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $26.
> In his latest book, ³Musicophilia,² Dr. Sacks focuses on people afflicted
> with strange musical disorders or powers ‹ ³musical misalignments² that
> affect their professional and daily lives. A composer of atonal music starts
> having musical hallucinations that are ³tonal² and ³corny²: irritating
> Christmas songs and lullabies that play endlessly in his head. A musical
> savant with a ³phonographic² memory learns the melodies to hundreds of
> operas, as well as what every instrument plays and what every voice sings. A
> composer with synesthesia sees specific colors when he hears music in
> different musical keys: G minor, for instance, is not just ³yellow² but
> ³ocher²; D minor is ³like flint, graphite²; and F minor is ³earthy, ashy.² A
> virtuosic pianist who for many years bizarrely lost the use of his right
> hand, finds at the age of 36 that the fourth and fifth fingers of his right
> hand have started to curl uncontrollably under his palm when he plays.

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