Our topic this week is the Mystery of Music. Music is an amazing thing. It can move us to its groove and or make us cringe. it can lift us up or bring us down.
In this Aeon article, Lary Wallace discusses how a person's music tastes tend to stagnate in their 20s and 30s. But what does this stagnation have to do with the evolution and historicization of music genres? Should we respond to this finding by not taking at face value our historical associations with certain types of music? Also, ought we to encourage ourselves to listen to new music past our 30s?
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There is something deeply mysterious about music. Why does it affect us so powerfully? Is it like a language, telling us something? A subtle form of communication?
Most people enjoy music daily and have strong listening preferences. Music – along with love – is often thought of as a universal language. But what makes a collection of sounds a piece of music a