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On September 1st, I’ll start a new blog here about music — not what it does to your brain, or how it can make your children brilliant or magically shrink your tumors, but the seldom-discussed fact that another person can make you feel intense and specific emotions, even take you through a changing emotional landscape, just by arranging sounds in a certain way.

I know how music does that. It’s the most interesting thing I know. I used to have a job teaching it, and after several years away, I’m ready to do it again.

I’ll start by walking through just enough music theory, then apply it to TV and film scores, classical, rock, and video game music, the strange startup music in my Nissan LEAF, the saddest piece ever written, the universal teasing song, and the interval British people use to say good morning when they don’t really want to talk to you.

While you’re waiting, you can learn more about how the blog will work, subscribe by email in the sidebar, and Like the blog’s Facebook page.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.