Welcome to NEXT.

Wow this month is crazy good. I’d feel ok just playing this month as an end of the year list. 

If you like new music you will find something to like this week on NEXT.

May NEXT find a song that makes your ears smile. Enjoy it all.

“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” – James Taylor

Let us begin NEXT week 778 with a quick chat about the importance of music to celebrate a few of our Notable Songs of 2021.

Every country has its own language/languages. There’s one language we can all understand: the language of music. We don’t even need words to understand what music is saying. Head out to a music festival. It’s full of people from everywhere. Different backgrounds. Different loves, lusts, and desires. Then the music starts. Everyone understands what’s coming out of the speakers. They just start dancing. Or head banging. Or toe tapping. Or bopping along.  Music is the universal language.

You are at a party. Can you imagine a party without music? Or a sports event without music? When the Blackhawks score you want – nay need – to hear The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger”. Now that score is complete. What about a movie without music? Probably not. Music creates ambiance. It adds to the experience of whatever you’re doing. Thank you music.

Music can bring people together. Whether it’s a festival, concert or a club night, people come together to enjoy the music that’s being played. It’s amazing to see the amount of people coming from different backgrounds and/or countries just to be part of the experience of a big music festival. It doesn’t matter where you come from, everyone is together in this moment. In music. There is something cool about the size of the crowd grooving to a music aura. And let’s not forget the small clubs. Different feeling. Same “bringing people together through music” vibe. PS: we music lovers are there for the music – so shut the hell up. Want to chat – go somewhere else. Anywhere else. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul

I know this isn’t true of others. Some need quiet to work. When I have to do work, I’d like to put on some music at the background. It is scientifically proven that music enhances brain functioning. Or putting on headphones turns off the world. You wouldn’t get distracted by other people’s noises. Or just other people. It’s kinda a “hey I’m busy here please leave me alone” signal. Plus, I get inspired a lot by listening to music when I’m busy doing things. Music, to me, feels good in the foreground. And the background.

Mood. Change it with music. Enhance it with music. Music can do great things for your mood. You want to feel happy? Put on songs that are happy. And guess what. This works the other way around too. Bad things are happening? It’s helpful to listen to sad songs. Science says listening to sad songs can actually make you happier. If you want to know more about this – Google knows a lot.

Music is good for your memory. I bet you can remember the lyrics of a bunch of songs much better than an article you recently read. It’s amazing how many lyrics I have rattling around my brain. They’ve started using musical therapy in nursing homes. The elderly remember things of their past. Things they remember thanks to the music.  

Let’s close off with a big reason why we listen to music. It’s just a pleasure listening to music. Pleasure is good. So let’s pick a favorite playlist. Crank the volume or put on headphones. And get lost in the pleasure. If NEXT is part of your life. Thank you. Let’s keep listening. Growing. Learning. Getting that pleasure. Enjoy it all.

Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.

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:

  • Wolf Alice – The Last Man On Earth
  • Slothrust – Cranium
  • Dry Cleaning – Strong Feelings
  • iEzra – Just A Little More
  • Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet
  • Jade Bird – Open Up The Heavens
  • Todd Snider – Turn Me Loose (I’ll Never Be The Same)
  • Friedberg – Yeah
  • Manchester Orchestra – Bed Head
  • Jose Gonzalez – El Invento
  • Amythyst Kiah – Black Myself
  • Middle Kids – Questions
  • Sea Girls – Forever
  • Nick Waterhouse – B Santa Ana 1986
  • Hey King – Road Rage
  • Major Spark – I’m Not Gonna Stand Around
  • Dropkick Murphys – Middle Finger

and remember if you love someone hug them right now

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