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Why music makes your brain sing

Dorothy Parshall 09 Jun 13 - 07:37 PM
YorkshireYankee 10 Jun 13 - 05:34 PM
Ron Davies 11 Jun 13 - 12:41 PM
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Subject: Why music makes your brain sing
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Jun 13 - 07:37 PM

Interesting NYT article


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Subject: RE: Why music makes your brain sing
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 10 Jun 13 - 05:34 PM

Interesting article, Dorothy. Thanks for posting it.


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Subject: RE: Why music makes your brain sing
From: Ron Davies
Date: 11 Jun 13 - 12:41 PM

This tends to support what I had suspected;    that if you really like quite a few types of music, you are getting a lot of physical pleasure from many kinds of music.   So therefore it's depriving yourself of a lot of pleasure to only like one type of music--say only classical, only rock, only jazz, or only "folk" (whatever that is).

But classical pieces, I would think, give more opportunity for pleasure--just because they are almost always longer--and therefore probably have more "highs" --in fact the whole piece can be a high, if you really love it.

I would also think that making your own music--particularly when you are doing it in a group (which adds the social angle) and when it sounds good, would be an even more intense high than just listening.

And perhaps just voices, as opposed to instruments, may be the top, since your voice is the most personal source of your music (though some may feel that your instrument is as personal.)

And of course to be applauded by others adds even more.

So if this idea has any validity, the top source of pleasure in music would be to sing in a good a cappella group---anything from a group which does Tallis and Byrd, to one doing doo-wop, to one doing sea chanteys.

Dopamine overload.


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