In news that’s not shocking at all to anyone, researchers have discovered that Sting’s brain processes music differently than the average music listener. OK, maybe that first sentence is a bit unfair. A better way to put it is that researchers are trying to figure out how and why gifted musicians are able to make connections between different pieces of music that regular people would never pick up on. Cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, a book that Sting happens to be a fan of. Sting reached out to him not long after reading it and during a tour stop in Montreal, he found time to meet with Dr. Levitin and have his brain scanned so that they might begin to understand how his brain processes music differently than the average music fan.
The scan was done at McGill University and in an article posted on their website they note that Sting’s brain made connections between the Beatles’ hit “Girl” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” also his own “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions.”
Read the full article here.