Have been reading this book for some time now. Haven't finished it, but some of the recent posts prompted me to post this now rather than later.
Music and the mind are closely linked, it's not just the ears, but the brain processes that count. Sacks, a neuroloogist, shows how the two interact, using examples from hiistory and his extensive experience from his years of practicing. I've been aware for a long time that many others have a lot more muiscal ability than me, but in terms of listening and enjoying I'm fussy and sensitive. The wrong music will depress me like nothing else, but the right music lifts me more than anything else.
One of the forum debates goign on at the moment involves the thought processes of a musician as he plays/improvises. And it made me even more aware of the differences between what little I can do and what gifted musicians not only do, but take for granted.
If you want some clarity on how the brain deals with music, how and where it often fails to deal with music, this is the one for you. Although somewhat scientific, it's a book that starts off by being fascinating, and gets even more interesting as you progress.