Why to be discerning with one’s musical choices, as articulated by musician and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin in This is Your Brain on Music, p. 242-243

Why to be discerning with one's musical choices as articulated by musician and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin in This is Your Brain on Music, p. 242-243

“To a certain extent, we surrender to music when we listen to it–we allow ourselves to trust the composers and musicians with a part of our hearts and our spirits; we let the music take us somewhere outside of ourselves. Many of us feel that great music connects us to something larger than our own existence, to other people, or to God… We might be understandably reluctant, then, to let our guard down, to drop our emotional defenses, for just anyone… This is part of the reason why so many people can’t listen to Wagner. Due to his pernicious anti-Semitism, the sheer vulgarity of his mind… and his music’s association with the Nazi regime, some people don’t feel safe listening to his music… I feel reluctant to give into the seduction of music created by so disturbed a mind and so dangerous (or impenetrably hard) a heart as his, for fear that I might develop some of the same ugly thoughts. When I listen to the music of a great composer I feel that I am, in some sense, becoming one with him, or letting a part of him inside me. I also find this disturbing with popular music, because surely some of the purveyors of pop are crude, sexist, racist, or all three.”

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