Welcome to NEXT. We are a new music show on the radio with a very simple goal – find you a NEXT, new favorite song.
May NEXT find a song that makes your ears smile. Enjoy it all.
“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” – Charlie Parker
“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ” – Leopold Stokowski
“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou
“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
You want to get your body in shape – head to the gym or start doing pushups.
You want to exercise your brain? Listen to music.
There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does. That’s why we do what we do week in week out. We want your brain to get better. It doesn’t have to be NEXT just please keep finding new music.
If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout. Which reminds me – it’s been years. I need to pick up my guitar again soon. OK OK decades.
Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. This is all music AND surely you can find a few songs every week on NEXT that will make your ears smile. The goal is to find you a NEXT, new favorite song.
The Brain-Music Connection
How our brains can hear and play music. If you think about this too long it’s beyond cool. A stereo system puts out vibrations. These vibrations travel through the air. AND somehow get inside the ear canal. These vibrations tickle the eardrum and are transmitted into an electrical signal that travels through the auditory nerve to the brain stem. We’re not done yet – here’s where it’s reassembled into something we perceive as music. What the what? Crazy cool, no? Man, I love musicl
Music is structural. It’s also mathematical. Let’s not forget architectural too. It’s based on relationships between one note and the next. You may not be aware of it, but your brain has to do a lot of computing to make sense of it.
And this is where new music listening really gets cool. Everytime you hear a new song your brain must go into overdrive – as it tries to figure out that new song. Where does it fit in with ALL the songs you’ve ever listened to?
Start me up: Get creativity flowing
If you don’t want to listen to NEXT – that’s cool. NEXT still loves you. And we’ll be here anytime you want to listen. Another way to get new music – You can listen to what your kids or grandkids listen to. Just don’t be this person: “There’s no good music being made today” It’s wrong – lazy – and vapid. Often we continue to listen to the same songs and genre of music that we did during our teens and 20s – mostly because of time. Well NEXT has solved that time puzzle. We do all the homework. You need 55 minutes a week. At the very least you should listen to our end of the month wrap up/review called Our Notable Songs. And that’s 55 minutes a month. Surely you can make that happen.
I’m not saying don’t listen to old time faves that bring back good times and great memories. I am saying New music challenges the brain in a way that old music doesn’t. It might not feel pleasurable at first, but that unfamiliarity forces the brain to struggle to understand the new sound. And that’s a good thing. Work that brain out.
Listen to your body
Do what works for you. Pay attention to how you react to different forms of music. What helps one person concentrate might be distracting to someone else, and what helps one person unwind might make another person jumpy.
Let’s grab a beer or bourbon or coffee or tea or sparkling water and listen to some kickass new music.
Thank you for listening. Enjoy it all
Music is Life.
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:
- Bob Schneider – The Sun’s Coming
- Briston Maroney – Bottle Rocket
- Wavves – Sinking Feeling
- Garbage – The Men Who Rule The World
- Kaleo – Free The Slave
- The Blue Stones – Shakin’ Off The Rust
- The Joy Formidable – Into The Blue
- Brett Dennen – See The World
- Liz Phair – Spanish Doors
- Ten Kills The Pack – Body
- Hamish Anderson – Morning Light
- Emily Wolfe – Something Better
- Wilderado – Head Right
- James – Beautiful Beaches
and remember if you love someone hug them right now