Inside Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures in Song” Camp: A Chat With Neuroscientist and Songwriter Daniel Levitin

"The songwriter needs to turn off the editing portion of the brain, and needs to actively explore the connections between ideas -- musical, lyrical, and emotional."

[caption id="attachment_218599" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Daniel Levitin. Photo by Arsenio Coroa[/caption] When Rodney Crowell invited teachers and speakers for his “Adventures In Song” camp, he reached out to the best. And there’s no one alive with more knowledge about the neuroscience of music (how our minds perceive, store, generate and hear music) than Daniel Levitin. A songwriter-musician himself, he’s also a neuroscientist and professor, and author of several books on this subject, including This Is Your Brain on Music. His other books include The Organized Mind,  The World In Six Songs,  The Science of a Human Obsession and A Field Guide to Lies. Born in San Francisco, he’s produced, engineered and consulted on music, as well as worked with Joni Mitchell, Sting, Stevie Wonder and even the Grateful Dead. Presently, he’s a Professor Emeritus of psychology and  behavioral neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. Generous with his knowledge and time, he gave a compelling talk at the camp, and afterward answered all our questions and more, which we’re happy to share. This retreat is for people wanting to become great songwriters. Have you participated in such an event before, and if so, what do you think about such retreats? When I…

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