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Bridge of Waves: What Music Is and How Listening to It Changes the World

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Music is, in one sense, merely a series of fleeting vibrations that arise and subside. How could it be that something so insubstantial fills us, and calms us, and makes us weep? Because, says W. A. Mathieu, music bridges mind and heart, self and other, and affirms our place in the world. Everyone uses the bridge of music, from casual listeners to devoted professionals. Mat Music is, in one sense, merely a series of fleeting vibrations that arise and subside. How could it be that something so insubstantial fills us, and calms us, and makes us weep? Because, says W. A. Mathieu, music bridges mind and heart, self and other, and affirms our place in the world. Everyone uses the bridge of music, from casual listeners to devoted professionals. Mathieu's delightful and trenchant prose asks you to question what music is, how it works, and how to understand its value in your life, in the life of your community, and in the evolution of the cosmos.


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Music is, in one sense, merely a series of fleeting vibrations that arise and subside. How could it be that something so insubstantial fills us, and calms us, and makes us weep? Because, says W. A. Mathieu, music bridges mind and heart, self and other, and affirms our place in the world. Everyone uses the bridge of music, from casual listeners to devoted professionals. Mat Music is, in one sense, merely a series of fleeting vibrations that arise and subside. How could it be that something so insubstantial fills us, and calms us, and makes us weep? Because, says W. A. Mathieu, music bridges mind and heart, self and other, and affirms our place in the world. Everyone uses the bridge of music, from casual listeners to devoted professionals. Mathieu's delightful and trenchant prose asks you to question what music is, how it works, and how to understand its value in your life, in the life of your community, and in the evolution of the cosmos.

30 review for Bridge of Waves: What Music Is and How Listening to It Changes the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Cataldi

    Rara saggezza che non sempre si può trovare nelle scuole di musica. Piacevole e interessantissima lettura.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lee Entrekin

    This is an interesting and thought-provoking book on the art and philosophy of listening to music. It is not a treatise on music theory, composition, or other technical areas. I can't say that it's earth-shaking, but at least it encouraged me to get out and listen to live music. It's also an introduction to some new genres of music. I would recommend it if you not only love listening to music but also enjoy thinking about what you're hearing. This is an interesting and thought-provoking book on the art and philosophy of listening to music. It is not a treatise on music theory, composition, or other technical areas. I can't say that it's earth-shaking, but at least it encouraged me to get out and listen to live music. It's also an introduction to some new genres of music. I would recommend it if you not only love listening to music but also enjoy thinking about what you're hearing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    A well written book, and an interesting and refreshing read, despite the fact I did not agree with some of it. I found it a bit philosophical and possibly ‘new-age’, whereas I am generally more interested in the theoretical and scientific side of things when it comes to the relation between humans and music.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rif A. Saurous

    A few good quotes and interesting ideas, but mostly tedious mumbo-jumbo. If you're considering reading this, read David Byrne's "How Music Works" instead. A few good quotes and interesting ideas, but mostly tedious mumbo-jumbo. If you're considering reading this, read David Byrne's "How Music Works" instead.

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