Hello new music lovers. Welcome to NEXT. We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong. This week…it’s our look back.  The last Wednesday of every month we collect a few of our favorite songs.  It’s our notable songs of the month.  A review.  A rewind.  A reminder of what we played on NEXT during said month.

“Music comes to me more readily than words.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven

The connection between music and the body was first recorded by Plato (428-347 BC) when he said that, ”Music gives wings to the mind.”

There is no denying that music has a power over us. A simple melody can make us laugh or cry or both. A harmony from a familiar song can trigger memories of good times and bad times. A catchy line can make our feet tap or heads bob without even knowing it. 

All we have to do is allow the sound waves to hit the ear for a swift journey to the brain and, just like that, rhythms, tones and lyrics translate into an emotional reaction that can feel as tender as a hug. In an era when suffering and uncertainty is plaguing our community, nurturing that special, easy relationship between artistic sounds, our bodies and our minds may be more important than ever before. 

“People have a direct experience with music throughout their lives and humans throughout human history have had a very close personal relationship with music,” explains Tim Ringgold, an Orange County, CA-based board-certified music therapist. “The first sound we hear is our mom’s heartbeat in the womb. Our hearing is the sense that is used first. We hear the world we enter before we see it.” 

Music is Life. And new music keeps you young at heart. And keeps your mind nimble. It’s science. Do the google if you don’t believe me.

It was tough before Covid 19. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back or if they are hosting online events), or a tee shirt. And if you can buy directly from them. Even better. Thank you.

Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.


WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio. Listen to NEXT on Ocean 98 in Maryland Sunday nights at 10. Or Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  • Jon Foreman – Education
  • The Bamboos – Hard Up
  • Dylan Cartlidge – Molasses (Walk the Walk)
  • Doves – Prisoner
  • Cub Scout Bowling Pins – Heaven Beats Iowa
  • Black Crowes – Charming Mess
  • Kings Of Leon – The Bandit
  • Fort Frances – The Year Of Impossibilities
  • Zach Bryan – Heading South
  • The Chills – You’re Immortal
  • Elizabeth And The Catapult – Pop the Placebo
  • Kat Ridgeway – Giving You Up
  • Bright Shining Lights – In Between the Stars
  • Shame – Station Wagon

and remember if you love someone hug them right now

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