"Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering."

The above line is from the English translation of Haruki Murakami's 1985 novel, "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World." It offers a theory on the way in which the brain perceives the world.

Famous for his wildly successful experimental fiction, Murakami is also crazy about jazz. So it's fascinating to learn that what Murakami has intuitively written about composing music — that the creative process of making music, particularly jazz, is linked to emotion — has now been confirmed by brain scans.