To mark the occasion of his landmark 1000th media interview, author and neuroscientist Dan Levitin drops by Soundcheck to share three of his favorite songs.
In this episode: When Soundcheck wants to talk about the music and the brain, Daniel Levitin has been our go-to guy. So when author and neuroscientist -- whose books include the bestsellers This Is Your Brain On Music and The World In Six Songs -- was approaching his 1000th interview, he marked the occasion sharing a playlist of some of his favorite songs as part of our Pick Three series.
Then: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady mark a high point in the movie musical -- and sounded the death knell for the form at the same time. Roadshow! author Matthew Kennedy explains why.
And: Yuna is a Malaysian singer-songwriter who's gotten attention for her R&B-inflected pop both at home and abroad. Hear her perform a stripped down set in the Soundcheck studio studio and to tell us about why Coldplay is uber-romantic.
Has this ever happened to you? Things are going great in a relationship. And then, you find out that your significant other loves music that you hate. Or doesn't understand your taste in music at all. Or is really critical of the music that you enjoy. And suddenly, dating that person just doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.
The New York Times' chief classical critic Anthony Tommasini has been writing about “Musical Moments” -- those subtle, surprising passages that just reach out and grab us. He's joined by neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin to discuss why these magical moments move us the way they do.
We all have that one song that we just can’t stop listening to – just check out your iTunes "plays" column for proof. Writer Katie Arnold-Ratliff joins us to discuss her fixation on an entire album, and we talk with neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin about why we can get stuck on one song. Plus, we want to know: what's your most played song...and how many times have you played it?
We all know that one’s sense of smell is closely linked to taste - but recent research shows that other senses, including hearing, also affect how we perceive what we’re eating.
The age of 14 is kind of a suspension. You’re not a kid anymore…but teenage growing pains are still a growth spurt or two away. Music critic David Hajdu says, that makes it the most important year in a music fan’s life. Hajdu is joined by musician and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin to explain why so many artists, performers and listeners are shaped by their teenage musical tastes.
Does practice really make perfect? Musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, the bestselling author of “This Is Your Brain on Music” and “The World In Six Songs,” joins us with Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten, from Bela Fleck’s band, to talk about the dual roles of inspiration and practice in making music.
Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.