The Mystery of Music

Sunday, March 24, 2019
First Aired: 
Sunday, July 24, 2016

What is it

Most of us listen to music on a regular basis, but we don't think much about how we listen. Moreover, when we disagree about music, we're usually happy to agree that we just have different personal tastes. But maybe some of us just don't know how to listen to music properly. Are there certain objectively correct ways to listen to music, or is it up to the individual how to listen? Are we worse off if we don't listen to music in certain ways? How might we become better listeners? What insights have philosophers had on these questions? John and Ken drop the needle with Stanford musicologist Adrian Daub, co-author of The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism.

This program was record live at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.

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Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, March 14, 2019 -- 12:43 PM

See my comments on the matter

See my comments on the matter of taste post. They were directed at how my own taste in music has evolved, over the decades, and so might have been better visited here...funny how things relate to others. Life and philosophy are like that: inductive correspondences; deductive proofs.

 

Adrian Daub, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford University

 
 

Bonus Content

VIDEO: Opening montage

MUSIC: Tin Cup Serenade, I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart

MUSIC: Tin Cup Serenade, Trenchtown Rock

 

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