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What Music REALLY Is, Who Makes It, Where, When, Why

Questions About Music and Natural Selection of Darwin

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.


Chapter 1 addresses these five basic questions about music:

  1. WHAT is music?
  2. WHO makes music?
  3. WHERE does music come from?
  4. WHEN did music get started?
  5. WHY is there such a thing as music?

The other question, “HOW does one go about creating music worth listening to?” takes nine chapters to answer—Chapters 3 through 11, the main part of the book.

Tackling the five “Ws” of the phenomenon of music necessitates delving into Darwinian natural selection and sexual selection. If you have a strong religious faith, you may find bits of Chapter 1 offensive because of all the evolution stuff. On the other hand, if you have a strong atheistic belief, Chapter 1 may offend you, too, because it does not advocate for atheism.

If you already know all about natural selection and sexual selection and brain modularity, then Chapter 1 might simply bore you. If so, why not grab a bag of chips and ride on ahead to Chapter 2, which discusses the rise of the Western popular music industry and its various genres. Or Chapters 3 through 11, the sections on how to create memorable, emotionally powerful music and lyrics.

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