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Shawn Jones

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What is the relationship between music and emotion?

As a songwriter, I believe that a song was an emotion caught in a bottle. Listening to a song or playing one I've written while feeling a certain way has always been a sort of emotional time travel for me. Music for me is the most intimate form of expression.

Others might argue that music is a fabrication using the mathematical manipulation of sounds put together in a way that provokes a specific emotional response.

I'd like to hear what others think:

-What is music?

-How does music express emotion?

-What scientific effect does music have on emotions?

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    Sep 25 2012: I don't know anything about this subject, but do check out Musicophelia by Oliver Sacks. He is a neurologist who writes masterfully for a popular audience.
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      Sep 26 2012: Thanks! I'll definitely have a look at that!

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