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Why you enjoy the music you enjoy

Why do you have your headphones/earpods/earbuds on? Why do certain arrangements of sounds/noise make you emotional or ecstatic or motivated? If you're curious about how music makes you feel the way it makes you feel, check out these books...

Why You Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica: the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds by John Powell
In Why You Love Music, researcher and performer John Powell delves deep into many years of mental and sociological examinations so as to respond to the question "For what reason does music influence us so significantly?" With his casual, conversational style, Powell investigates all parts of music brain science, from how music enables infants to bond with their moms to the manners by which music can change the flavor of wine or induce you to spend more in eateries. Why You Love Music will open your eyes (and ears) to the amazing assortment of ways that music impacts the human experience.

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
Twentieth-century composers felt compelled to break with the past and create a famously bewildering variety of sounds, from the purest beauty to the purest noise. The Rest is Noise tells of a remarkable array of maverick personalities who resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of tyrants. Whether they have charmed audiences with sweet sounds or battered them with dissonance, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. The Rest is Noise is not so much a history of twentieth century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: the Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley
This is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock around the Clock” (1954) to Beyoncé’s first megahit, “Crazy in Love” (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.

This is Your Brain on Music: the Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
This Is Your Brain on Music examines the cultures where singing is considered an extremely important human function, as well as patients who have a rare sickness that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not perceive pitch the same way. At every turn, this intriguing work unlocks deep secrets about how genetics and practice forge a uniquely human obsession.

Bad Singer: the Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music by Tim Falconer
Journalist Tim Falconer is tone-deaf. Bad Singer chronicles his quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and to search for ways to retrain the adult brain. He also investigates why we love music and deconstructs what we are really hearing when we listen to it. Throughout this journey of scientific and psychological discovery, he puts theory to practice by taking voice and breathing lessons with a voice coach in order to achieve his personal goal: a public display of his singing abilities.