I’m eager to watch The Music Instinct: Science and Song, a two-hour documentary on the science of music, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS. Check your local listings. One of my favorite neuroscientists Daniel Levitin author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs is co-host and will be doing a live Q & A on Twitter @danlevitin during the broadcast. Use hashtag #musicinstinct in Twitter search to follow or join the conversation.
Although I have not yet seen the program I know it will be outstanding. Why? In part because my friend Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect and nearly two dozen other books on the power of music was one of the first co-producers for two years. A decade in the making, The Music Instinct should prove to be a key resource for anyone interested in music and the brain.
Yo Yo Ma plays Bach, Bobby McFerrin creates an improvised melody with his son Tyler, and the acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who happens to be deaf, shares how she hears music through the vibrations in her body (bone conduction). There is so much more; music and evolution, medicine, the brain, the physics of sounds, and interviews, need I say more?
I’ll be joining the conversation on Twitter @alexdoman. Hope to see you there! Please share your thoughts here after you watch.