7th February 2021
There is an apparent disintegration of communities that is becoming seemingly endemic in many societies across the world today. And while things here in the UK may not quite yet have degenerated to the point where we are storming parliament on misguided beliefs about baby eating cabals, there is cause for concern. Concerns that are only amplified by the upcoming debut of the kind of news channels that have been seen to promote just such divisions. It therefore appears that we are in desperate need of a quick and efficient way to heal the divide and restore our fractured communities, and that’s where Jacques Launay comes in (no pressure).
Ignoring the naysayers, such as Stephen Pinker, who have dismissed music as nothing more than accidental auditory cheesecake unworthy of our time and money, Dr. Launay and his colleagues have discovered the seemingly essential role of music in our society. Music making has previously been shown to have great benefits for both physical and mental health, although not in the way proponents of the “Mozart Effect” may have claimed, and to even act as a natural pain killer, but Launay’s research has revealed it also to be the ideal icebreaker. So it is that SITP Online offers a timely welcome to the good doctor and his talk on music in social bonding.