Roger KennedySep 10, 2020
The Power of Music
Phoenix Publishing House 2020
Today I discussed why music so powerful in eliciting emotions with Roger Kennedy, the author of The Power of Music: Psychoanalytic Explorations (Phoenix Publishing House, 2020)
Now at The Child and Family Practice in London, Kennedy is a training analyst and past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society. This is his fourteenth book.
Topics covered in this episode include:
- The ability of music to reward close listening because of qualities like movement and the web of interactions involved.
- How music can draw on and has parallels to a range of situations, like “baby talk” sounds shared by mother and child, and the sounds animals make (especially in mating rituals).
- Discussion of parallels between music and entering a dream state, rich with free association as opposed to a concrete, logically coherent “narrative”