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Tripping the World Fantastic

A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet

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A fascinating journey through the world’s musical cultures.

Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that’s ever existed has had it, but we don’t exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don’t need it to live, and yet we can’t seem to live without it. Glenn Dixon travels the globe exploring how and why people make music. From a tour of Bob Marley’s house to sitar lessons in India, he experiences music around the world and infuses the stories with the latest in brain research, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. Why does music give us chills down the backs of our necks? What exactly are the whales singing about and why does some music stick in our minds like chewing gum?

Through his adventures, Dixon uncovers the real reasons why music has such a powerful hold on us – and the answers just might surprise you.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 29, 2013 – Glenn Dixon's whirlwind tour of 17 countries to explore the universal purpose of music, people's love of it, and its relationship to evolutionary psychology, brain physiology, genetics and culture is a stimulating adventure. Dixon (Pilgrim in the Palace of Words) writes in a friendly, humorous, and inclusive way that invites readers to join his travel expedition, investigating how and why people have always had a deep need to express themselves through music and to come together to create and celebrate it. Online links to audio/video clips allow readers to experience the music where he found it whether it's a Paleolithic bone flute from 42,000 BCE, King Tut's trumpets, the Sh'ma Yisreal sung atop Mount Sinai, Bob Marley in Jamaica, or Dixon himself, singing a Scottish lament from a castle. Dixon's understanding of brain physiology and chemistry, as well as music cognition, help him provide insight into the relationship between language and music, why people crave music, why physiological bonds develop between people who sing together, and why music remains active and alive in people's minds and memories. Clearly a labor of love, the book succeeds by connecting readers intimately with the souls of music-makers all over the world. Canadian Distribution: UTP Distribution. U.S. Distribution: Ingram.
Tripping the World Fantastic
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Mar 30, 2013
  • Publisher: Dundurn
  • Seller: Dundurn Press Limited
  • Print Length: 312 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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