Manifest Spirit Records
About UsRecordingsMSR-MSMStudiosInfoContact

The Listening Book and The Musical Life

Release Date: November 11, 2008

Official web site:

This CD on: Amazon, CD-Baby

UPC: 8-84501-04992-4

ASIN (Amazon): B001GTR6UQ

Total length: 2-CD Set /
49 tracks / 2:33:00

Catalog #: MSR-082

Buy Now





The Listening Book and The Musical Life

The Listening Book and The Musical Life is about rediscovering the power of listening as an instrument of self-discovery and personal transformation. By exploring our capacity for listening to sounds and form making music, we can awaken and release our full creative powers.

In this 2-CD audio edition of the classic book, W. A. Mathieu presents exercises designed to help you explore and expand your capacity for listening, appreciate the connection between sound, music, and every-day life, and discover the creative possibilities of music-making.

photo This series of short, engaging talks - complete with musical accompaniment - range from the serious to the whimsical, including fear of music, listening to animals, the rhythms of walking, and being a “life drummer”. The Listening Book is a joyful tool for opening up the world of music-making for everyone.

The audio material, first issued on cassette tapes in 1991, has been digitally remastered for release in 2008.

In addition, this 2-CD package contains new material from The Musical Life, W. A. Mathieu's second book.

In the words of Pete Seeger:

"Mathieu has found the words to
tell the power of music"

From the preface of The Musical Life:

Being musical does not necessarily mean being a musician; it doesn't mean playing the piano at parties or composing songs for lovers. It is a way of being awake, and angle of perception, a tilt of the ear. The musical ear knows it is innately in tune with the universe. A person can talk or move musically, or simply be harmonious without being a fine violinist You do not need a musician's craft to know that both you and music are made from the same design.

Track Samples

A1. Introduction
A7. Resonance
A9. Life Drummer
A16. The Circle of Listening
A20. I'm Not Musical
A23. No One Can Tell You
B4. There's Not Much to Learn and it Takes Forever
B12. Steps and Leaps
B16. Everyday Rhythm
B19. The Mind of Sound
B22. Whatsa Matta wid da Bass?
B24. Fireworks


About us | Recordings | MSR-MSM | Studios | Info | Contact | Home
©2007–2015 Manifest Spirit Records. All rights reserved.
Updated November 18, 2015. v2.12. E-mail us.