About Harmonology––An Insider’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music by Stephen O’Connor
The relationship between the human animal and music is as complex as it is ancient.
How do you put into words why a drum beat makes you move? How do you explain what listening to your favorite symphony does to your brain? How can the first notes of a popular song infuse your entire being with joy – or sadness?
Music marks moments in every life – in every important relationship. You met, fell in love, and married to that song. The love of your life walked out when that song was playing. Your parent wants that song sung at their memorial service.
Harmonology is a guide to exploring and understanding human relationships through music.
In Harmonology each month in our 12 month calendar has a corresponding musical note. With two people in a relationship, each note forms a counterpoint: two corresponding musical notes in our 12 interval musical scale.
Any two notes juxtaposed make you experience certain and very specific feelings. The two notes at the beginning of John Williams’ score for the movie Jaws – fear in any language.
Harmonology explores why two people born in the same month are in absolute unison, focused, united, and strong. Listen to the first notes of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. And why couples born exactly six months apart are in absolute dissonance, hostile, destructive, and adversarial. Listen to Jimmy Hendrix’s Purple Haze.
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The month you were born in and the month your significant other was born in have a direct analog in music. Consonance and Dissonance – the complexity and beauty of music and life.
Harmonology is a unique and thoroughly new way of looking at the relationship between any two people: couples, parents and children, siblings, friends.
Throughout the book, real-life relationships are deconstructed to reveal their strengths and weaknesses – their consonance and dissonance. Then, using the principles of Harmonology, Author Stephen O’Connor explores paths to build, to heal, and to renew love, communication, and happiness.
Harmonology is fun and fascinating reading. You are guaranteed to find hints and clues to “What went wrong…?” as well as “Why is this one so good…?”