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by Michael Bungay Stanier
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How To Harness The Power Of Music With Nathan Leigh Jones, PhD Student In The Power Of Lyrics


"If music be the food of love, play on." That William Shakespeare was onto something. I think he’s going to go places.

So too is my guest, Nathan Leigh Jones, a musician and an academic. Let’s start with the facts he's an avid singer-songwriter: he's taken his piano all over the world, including performances at Joe's Pub in New York City, the Sydney Opera House, and even Google's headquarters in Mountain View.

But he’s also doing a PhD that exposes the impact of music and lyrics on emotional wellbeing, and that expertise has meant he was the official music curator at the World Happiness Summit, and he shared his insights at the World Congress of Positive Psychology and the Australian Leadership Coaching Conference.

In our conversation we talk about the dance between words and music, how you test to discover if lyrics really matter, and how to build the playlist you’re going to need.

You can meet Nathan at nlj.co and connect with him on Twitter @nlj_co.

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Episode 13

Season 1

by Michael Bungay Stanier