Ever had the ‘chills’ when you listened to a song?
Well, it seems like music could quite possibly function as a drug for some people. In a recent study published by Nature Neuroscience, they found that music can increase the dopamine levels in your brain (like how you feel after having that delicious dessert you’d been craving for) and certain tracks – from classical to rock – actually causes you to feel that wonderful ‘shiver’ down your spine.
In the study conducted with 26 individuals, their emotional arousal (monitored via a brain thing-a-majig… not anything else!) was documented and their top 40 hits can be found here.
I’m not surprised that some of my all-time top bands were on the list. And at the same time, pleased that these scientists have a wonderfully diverse playlist.
Yes, I am a music junkie. And now we know why. Take a listen to some of my personal favourites.
1. Lamb – Angelica (electronic)
2. Explosions In The Sky – First Breath After Coma (post-rock)
3. Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick (rock)
4. Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (classical)
5. Ennio Morricone (Film score for Kill Bill)
6. Steve Vai – Beethoven’s 5th (rock/metal)
7. Tiesto – Adagio For Strings (trance)
8. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (rock)
9. Dave Matthews Band – #34 (rock)
10. John Williams – Across The Stars (film score for Star Wars)
When I think about how music has the power to cause such reactions in people… is a wonder then, that the importance of harnessing this power to create dreams becomes all the more important to me, and what I do?
Dream Maker… you know what makes people tick. Cause me to hear that heartbeat – yours and the people’s – and to create landscapes upon which they too, can paint their own visions for tomorrow.