Planetary Gigs Society

Making Connections through Music with the Intention of Creating Peace

Planetary Gigs Society is a nonprofit charitable organization with the mission of Making Connections through Music with the Intention of Creating Peace.  The Society will provide resources and information about the power of music and organizations that are promoting music and musicians.  The Society also sponsors a podcast called Planetary Gig Talk - Tales of Music and Magic.

Resources about the Power of Music

Here are some great resources about the power of music, including books, articles, and movies:


The Music Lesson – by Victor Wooten – Maybe the best book on the spirituality of music, ever.

This is Your Brain on Music – by Daniel J. Levitin – One of the best books explain the power of music.

The World in Six Songs – by Daniel J. Levitin – A book exploring the effects of music on the evolution of the human brain and society.  

The Power of Music; Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song –  by Elena Mannes – A comprehensive book outlining some of the newest scientific research on the power of music.

The Great Courses – Music and the Brain – Eighteen half-hour lectures on the science of music and the brain, by renowned professor Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D.

Why You Love Music – by John Powell – A book reviewing the emotional power of music.   

The World is Sound , Nada Brahma; Music and the Landscape of Consciousness - By Joachim-Ernst Berendt -  An amazing and  profound book exploring the idea that everything in the universe is created by sound. 

The Mysticism of Sound and Music; The Sufi Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan - A book explaining that music is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the universe, and that is why it moves us.


16 Benefits of Playing an Instrumet - Mike Levitsky -

Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls – by Maria Popova – article on the writings of Aldous Huxley and the power of music.

ASU professor explores the beneficial aspects of rhythm - by Emma Greguska -

Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music - by Valorie Salimpoor, Mitchel Benovoy, Kevin Larcher, Alain Dagher & Robert J Zatorre -

Babies Find Comfort in Music - by Shanta Kearns Moore -

Beat a stroke by banging a drum! How percussion therapy could transform the lives of thousands of sufferers - by Sophie Goodchild -

The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity - by John Rampton -

Building Tolerance and Empathy Through Music - by Amy Camie -

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music - by Michele C. Hollow -

Girl battling cancer gets relief from music therapy program - by Kristin Thorne -

The Healing Power of Music -

Music and Mental Health; Why We Should All Learn a Musical Instrument - by Donny Gruendler -

Music and the Brain- Sara Robberson Lentz – Interview with Professor Bob Duke of University of Texas at Austin on what studying the brains of musicians teaches us.

Neural Nostalgia; Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers? By Mark Joseph Stern – Article about effects of music on the brain.

The Neuroscience of Singing - by Cassandra Sheppard – Article discussing what science is telling us about the power of music to connect people.


NIH scientists, arts experts take note of music’s impact on brain - by Rachel Nania -

Research Shows the Health Benefits of Music - by Jacob Devaney – Article on how music can benefit health.

Royalties Are Bullshit: A Musician’s Case For Basic Income - by Anthony Moser -

Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits of Listening to Music – by Michelle Millis Chappel – A list of many of the proven benefits of listening to music.

Scientists Tune into Musics Healing Power - Dreamstime -

Sing Yourself to Happiness - Healthline -   More evidence proves that singing, especially in groups, can lift your mood and help those living with mental illness.

Students with Autism Make Music with iPads - CBS Sunday Morning -

Surgery patients hear benefits of music therapy loud and clear - by Carina Storrs -


Alive Inside – Movie exploring the power of music to help Alzheimers patients.

Glen Campbell; I’ll Be Me – Movie about Glen Campbell’s struggles with Alzheimer’s and his last tour, when he was able to play music even though in significant decline.

The Art of Listening, Music Documentary -  The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice.

The Music Instinct – Science and Song – Excellent documentary by Elena Mannes on the power of music.

Playing for Change – documentaries about music from around the world.