Archive for March, 2013

The Music Sidetracked Me

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

It has been a little while since I have done anything with the Working Hands Project. I have been busy producing a documentary about “Come Sing Messiah”, an activity that an amateur music organization has been staging in Ottawa for the last 25 years. This has got me thinking a lot about music and its effect on our lives. There are some musical activities like playing piano and guitar that do involve complex hand movements. It seems though that music making as a whole is good for the brain. I should also include music listening. Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist and musician. He wrote an article call The Music of My Mind. He shows the convergence of  music and neuropsychology when composers write their music in certain ways. He also debunks the theory that you are affected differently with different types of music. The power of the effect is related more to how well you like the music.

I am an amateur french horn player. For me the body part that is doing complex actions are not my hands but my lips. Where my brain gets a good workout is when the notes are just so fast, that the best way to play them is not to think. There is a lot of interesting information on this subject on Dr. Daniel J. Levitin’s site.