"I'm not yet finished with this book, but it's already brought tremendous clarity to my own likes and dislikes in music, explaining why I find some classical music (stuff I'm "supposed to like" because it's "great art") cold and unapproachable. As a musician myself I know how hard it is to explain music and its impact in an objective way, which this author succeeds at well. I was surprised to find that I am already applying Mr. Johnson's explanation to theater as well as music. It helped me understand why I liked a play I saw recently, because like a good musical work it untangles and integrates a complex set of emotions. (The play happened to be Ibsen's Lady From the Sea). I am looking forward to further insights as I go deeper into the book, and I think this will bear many re-readings. I'm also looking forward to applying his method to the music I play and listen to, and seeing how it applies to other art forms. I enjoyed Mr. Johnson's other work, Dancing with the Muses, as well. It is completely different in subject matter, but also valuable."