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.
â€œMusic, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.â€ â€• Edward Bulwer Lytton
Let us begin NEXT week 796 with The Beaches and then continue with more of our Notable Songs of October: UV-TV, The Goon Sax, Livingmore, girlpuppy, Beach Bunny, Muddy Ruckus, Pom Pom Squad, Jesse Malin, Faye Webster, Doc Robinson, iEzra, Indigo De Souza, Eddie 9V, Wild Feathers.
Why listen to new music?
Most people stop seeking out new music around their 28th birthdays. Don’t be average. You are better than that. Seek out some new music.
Thereâ€™s an excitement that comes from listening to a new song. It may become part of one of your playlists, or evoke an emotional response years later, cementing itself into your life and identity. But at some point, our taste for new music dwindles, eventually reaching a “paralysis” point in our late 20s or early 30s, research suggests. In 2018, the French streaming service Deezer surveyed 5,000 people and found that, on average, people stopped seeking out new music right around their 28th birthdays. Though the reasons varied, most said saying they were too busy to find new music, or too overwhelmed by all the new releases. Spotify, in a similar survey in 2015, found people reach that paralysis point in their 30s.
But numerous studies suggest that taking an active interest in music can be beneficial to our brains as we get older. Here’s why you should toss out that 10-year-old driving playlist, and find something new.
New music makes you feel good
As humans, we yearn to feel strong emotions. When that happens, chemicals rush to our brains, causing us to feel pleasure, and sometimes pain. Music, especially a new song you really like, can make your brain really happy. As we get older and enter adulthood, the routine of life can become void of those emotions. When we listen to genres of music we like, pleasure centers in our brains connected to strong emotions light up.
But those good brain chemicals can be even more powerful when we listen to new music, in anticipation of what may come next – As long as a new song adheres to certain patterns our brain is familiar with, its newness can give an added boost.
Build new pathways in your brain
Musical genres can define our identities. For many of us, the genres we grew up with are what we will stick with through most of our lives.
But taking some small leaps into new genres can be good for you, and build new pathways in our brains. When we’re young, our brains are like sponges, soaking up the music we hear and storing it in templates so we can recognize other songs and patterns more easily. Whatever music you listen to will establish the patterns that are stored in your brain. So in order for your brain to make predictions, you have to be somewhat familiar to the music you’re listening to.”
That means a classical music lover might not enjoy death metal on the first try. But it can help to take some small steps into new and popular genres adjacent to the ones you already like. With every new style you listen to, your brain is staying active, storing the sounds for later recognition.
Your brain craves anticipation
If you’re getting tired of the songs you used to play over and over, it might be because your brain isn’t giving you the same rewards it used to when you heard those songs. The unpredictability of a new, shuffled playlist can provide a boost in dopamine. Not knowing what to expect gives our brains a higher sense of anticipation. When a new song comes on that isnâ€™t anticipated, we get an added boost of feel-good chemicals, enjoying the release following the unknown.
It’s easy to find cool stuff to listen to
With the amount of new music released daily, “getting back into the game” can be a tall order. Listening to NEXT is a good step
Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music and online blogs have countless playlists to choose from.
And remember, sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination.
Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.
NEXT on the radio.
WERB 107.5 Global Radio Monday/Wednesday/Sunday mornings.
River Radio in the UK â€“ Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland â€“ Sunday nights at 10.
Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada
Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.
WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.
Artist and Song Title:
- The Beaches – Slow Mo
- UV-TV – Back To Nowhere
- The Goon Sax – In The Stone
- Livingmore – Got Me Feelinâ€™
- girlpuppy – As Much As I Can
- Beach Bunny – Blame Game
- Muddy Ruckus – The Spirits
- Pom Pom Squad – Drunk Voicemail
- Faye Webster – I Know Iâ€™m Funny Haha
- Doc Robinson – Take Me By The Hand
- iEzra – Wanna Get Out
- Indigo De Souza – Hold U
- Jesse Malin – State of The Art
- Eddie 9V – Little Black Flies
- Wild Feathers – Ainâ€™t Lookinâ€™
and remember if you love someone hug them right now