In our noisy world, music is the key to inner silence Richard Wolf first tried Zen meditation in his teens, but no matter in what posture or for how long he sat, transcendence proved stubbornly out of reach. It was only years later that he found the bridge that could take him there: music.In Tune charts twelve “bridges”—skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over to mindfulness and meditation, among them:
- The Art of Deep Listening
- Transcending the Self
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About the Author
Richard Wolf is an Emmy Award–winning composer, multi-platinum-selling music producer, and professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he teaches classes on music and mindfulness. As a producer/remixer/songwriter/composer, Wolf worked on projects with Prince, Bell Biv DeVoe, Freddie Mercury, Seal, MC Lyte, and Coolio, and has been contributing to the soundtracks for hundreds of films and television programs including twelve seasons of the worldwide hit NCIS. He started practicing Zen meditation when he was a teenager.
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In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This book is a great read for anyone interested in music, mindfulness, meditation, or all three. It’s an honest, unvarnished account of a prominent musician’s struggles with mindful meditation, how he came to succeed in the practice, and why that success was important. The book is full of timely tips to help jump-start or improve your own practice, and cogent arguments for why that’s worth doing. As an added bonus, the book contains fascinating anecdotes about prominent musicians and writers, many of whom—Allen Ginsburg, Miles Davis, and Ravi Coltrane—the author knew personally.
Wolf's writing makes it easy for everyone to understand something we often write off as "too complicated". Mindfulness and meditation can be intimidating or tricky, but this book made it accessible and easy. It's filled with meditation techniques and tips. I think it would be great for anyone curious about getting into mindfulness, and any level of musical background can be helpful. I think the book is super necessary for all stressed-out musicians, and opens up a beautiful new perspective into life for any non-musicians too.
I was expecting to learn how to meditate by listening to music when I bought this book. But the more I got into it the more I realized that the author has a lot more knowledge and wisdom to offer than simple tips on how to listen to music -or silence- mindfully. What he teaches can have an effect on many aspects of life, from the way you understand art to the way you see the world.
In Tune is written by a professional musician who is an award winning commercial music composer and producer. He also is a lifelong meditator and mindfulness practitioner. I have a degree in voice performance and have continued to sing as well as teach voice and direct choirs, although not as my primary profession, so I was very familiar with the musical examples used throughout this book. The book is a good introduction to mindfulness for me, or anyone with a musical background. It gives comparisons, which the author calls bridges, between aspects of both music practice and mindfulness practice. For someone without a good musical knowledge, this book would likely be overwhelming.