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Tripping the World Fantastic

A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet

by Glenn Dixon

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list price: $26.99
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category: Music
published: Mar 2013
ISBN:9781459706545
publisher: Dundurn Press
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A fascinating journey through the world’s musical cultures.

Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that’s ever existed has had it, but we don’t exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don’t need it to live, and yet we can’t seem to live without it. Glenn Dixon travels the globe exploring how and why people make music. From a tour of Bob Marley’s house to sitar lessons in India, he experiences music around the world and infuses the stories with the latest in brain research, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. Why does music give us chills down the backs of our necks? What exactly are the whales singing about and why does some music stick in our minds like chewing gum?

Through his adventures, Dixon uncovers the real reasons why music has such a powerful hold on us – and the answers just might surprise you.

 

About the Author

Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in major publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. An expert on language with an M.A. in socio-linguistics, he is currently a language consultant with the Calgary Board of Education. He lives in Calgary.

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Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. He is the author of Pilgrim in the Palace of Words and lives in Calgary.

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This travelogue is given deeper meaning and interest by the inner journey that parallels it. For the author structures his travels to explore the music that he encounters along the way. And each important musical experience is available as an online resource to listen to and absorb what it teaches us about the importance of music to humanity. This is a fascinating journey to the edge of current thinking in brain physiology: how does music work in our brain? There are some fundamental revelations happening right now in science that Glenn helps explain in the context of what he experienced and what we are able to listen to on his website.

— Chris Robinson Travel Show

Reading Tripping The World Fantastic made me want to travel, to plan as Glenn Dixon planned, to venture to places historic and unique.

— Albertaviews

[Starred Review] Dixon's understanding of brain physiology and chemistry, as well as music cognition, help him provide insight into the relationship between language and music, why people crave music, why physiological bonds develop between people who sing together, and why music remains active and alive in people's minds and memories. Clearly a labor of love, the book succeeds by connecting readers intimately with the souls of music-makers all over the world.

— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Tripping the World Fantastic

While Glenn Dixon shares with us his interesting travels to corners of the globe as he checks out the world's music, he also leads us into the the latest fascinating research regarding our brains on music,(even how to get rid of "ear worms"!) A great read!

Tripping the world fantastic

Glenn Dixon would seem to be a great proponent of being a traveller rather than a tourist. He delves into his surroundings with a keen eye, but always his focus is on the human element. He reports on the music and dance of the societies he visits while also leading us through the latest research into our brains on music. Who knew that we are all born with perfect pitch? “Tripping the World Fantastic” is a great read!

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