This might clarify why a number of the music anhedonics on this examine nonetheless reported feeling some pleasure to music, even when their bodies weren’t along for the journey. All these makes use of of music could be useful for our “eudaimonic well-being”; in other words, for enhancing our engagement and purpose in life, somewhat than simply our pleasure.
By the tip of the first 5 minutes, we are engulfed in an optimistic, joyful rush of voices. In the early Eighties, I listened to the ECM recording continuously. The deep, milky gongs of Lou Harrison’s American gamelan slowly chime as a violin soars amongst and above in tender elegy, singing only for you. Then gentle, lucid bell-like sounds enter, making this musical sky more and more densely starry, in an expansive yet deeply intimate meeting of cultural traditions that I find more moving by the day. Dan Zanes, a former … Read More