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.

“Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.” -Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star

Let us begin NEXT week 787 with Wavves.


Keep Your Brain Young with Music

If you want to firm up your body, head to the gym. If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music.

There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does. 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. 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. That’s not just win – win. That’s win – win – win – win. How often do you listen to music? And this goes for music too. 

And new music – puts it in overdrive. New music gets the brain trying to figure out where the song is going. Where does it fit in the 1,000s of songs I already know? Sure listen to old favorites. AND remember to search out the new too. It’s that old saying by the Roman proverb: In forming new friendships, forget not old friends. 

One should not forsake old friends for new, because the old friends, having already proven their calibre, are more trustworthy.G. Llewellyn Watson.

Old and new songs have a time and place. Enjoy it all.

The Brain-Music Connection

Experts are trying to understand how our brains can hear and play music. A stereo system puts out vibrations that 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, where it is reassembled into something we perceive as music. How bloody amazing is that. Our bodies rock. Johns Hopkins researchers have had dozens of jazz performers and rappers improvise music while lying down inside an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) machine to watch and see which areas of their brains light up. “Music is structural, mathematical and architectural. 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,” notes one otolaryngologist. So music is a must. A MUST. 

“Music doesn’t get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there, makes you feel emotions that you didn’t necessarily know you had inside you, and runs around waking them all up. A rebirth of sorts.”
Author Matt Haig

TRY IT – Learn an Instrument 

One thing I wish I could do is go back and learn guitar. When 13 older adults took piano lessons, their attention, memory and problem-solving abilities improved, along with their moods and quality of life. You don’t have to become a pro, just take a few lessons. It might be time for me to pick up a guitar.

“The only truth is music.” -Jack Kerouac

“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” -Igor Stravinsky

Jump-start your creativity.

Listen to what your kids or grandkids listen to- or NEXT. Often we continue to listen to the same songs and genre of music that we did during our teens and 20s, and we generally avoid hearing anything that’s not from that era. 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.

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I see my life in terms of music.” -Albert Einstein

Recall a memory from long ago.

Reach for familiar music, especially if it stems from the same time period that you are trying to recall. Listening to the Beatles might bring you back to the first moment you laid eyes on your spouse, for instance. I think I’m on week 787 of NEXT because I’m searching for that “first” feeling. When I heard Pearl Jam for the first time or the Replacements. I want that feeling back. 

Listen to your body.

Pay attention to how you react to different forms of music, and pick the kind that works for you. What helps one person concentrate might be distracting to someone else, and what helps one person unwind might make another person jumpy.

“There are all kinds of mix tapes. There is always a reason to make one.” -Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape 

Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.

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.
River Radio in the UK – Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland – Sunday nights at 10.
Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  • The Marias – Hush
  • Lord Huron – Not Dead Yet
  • Lucy Dacus – Hot And Heavy
  • Torres – Don’t Go Puttin’ Wishes In My Head
  • Modest Mouse – We Are Between
  • Health and Nine Inch Nails – Isn’t Everyone
  • The Beaches – Bad Bahaviour
  • Frank Turner – The Gathering
  • The Tragically Hip – Ouch
  • Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen – Like I Used To
  • Counting Crows – Elevator Boots
  • Rostam – 4Runner
  • Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – New Age Millennial Magic
  • Green Day – Pollyanne
  • Joywave – Every Window Is A Mirror

and remember if you love someone hug them right now

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