Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet
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Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet

by Glenn Dixon
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/29/2013
Glenn Dixon's whirlwind tour of 17 countries to explore the universal purpose of music, people's love of it, and its relationship to evolutionary psychology, brain physiology, genetics and culture is a stimulating adventure. Dixon (Pilgrim in the Palace of Words) writes in a friendly, humorous, and inclusive way that invites readers to join his travel expedition, investigating how and why people have always had a deep need to express themselves through music and to come together to create and celebrate it. Online links to audio/video clips allow readers to experience the music where he found it—whether it's a Paleolithic bone flute from 42,000 BCE, King Tut's trumpets, the Sh'ma Yisreal sung atop Mount Sinai, Bob Marley in Jamaica, or Dixon himself, singing a Scottish lament from a castle. 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. Canadian Distribution: UTP Distribution. U.S. Distribution: Ingram. (Apr.)
Albertaviews
Reading Tripping The World Fantastic made me want to travel, to plan as Glenn Dixon planned, to venture to places historic and unique.
From the Publisher

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.

[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.

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

Chris Robinson Travel Show
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459706569
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
03/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

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.


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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