This is getting embarrassing. I may as well just direct you to TMFTML for the rest of the day. More great links, including one about the human brain’s perception of music, have appeared there this afternoon.
An excerpt from the music article:
No known human culture has ever lived without music. Ancient bone flutes have been found in France and Slovenia, some are as old as 53,000 years and they still make a beautiful sound. Long before our ancestors scrawled ochre images of buffaloes on cave walls, they sang. Music may even be older than speech. A mother’s lullaby is among the first human experiences, and a familiar song is usually one of the last….