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 acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” — Maria von Trapp

NEXT week 800. These artists had a song that played on Next in August and we wanted to celebrate them further. Thank you for the glorious new music you made for our listening pleasure. 

So thank you Jackson And Sellers, My Morning Jacket, Steen, Eddie Vedder, The Regrettes, The Linda Lindas, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Bartees Strange, Eels, Cassandra Jenkins, Joy Oladokunn, Early Internet, Bad Bad Hats, The Vices, Sleigh Bells, Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats, and The Bamboos for the brilliant new music.

Many of us stop listening to new music around 30. Studies show Most people do that —>. Don’t be like most people. Be cool.. Be a new music listener.

Discovering new music (for many) shaped us as we grew up. We’d listen to tunes at home with our cassette players, discuss songs with friends, buy our favorite CDs, or watch the music channels for hours on end. Oh MTV why? And 120 Minutes. I loved that show. And vinyl – Chris – don’t forget vinyl. I love vinyl because you need to listen and do something – flip the disc. It doesn’t keep going. You pay attention.

For some people, this love of new music continues into adult life. But for others, a passion for it vanishes. Research confirms this: a 2018 study by Deezer found our ability to intake new music depletes by around age 30, due to stresses such as work, having families, and the fact that many feel there’s too much music to engage with.

Instead, many of us feel nostalgic for the music of our youth – that’s probably why 80s nights are so popular for middle-aged people now, or why 90s and noughties resurgences are becoming popular in digital culture.

Hey I get it. Nostalgia from music listening experiences is an important part of most people’s lives. There is no shame in that. I listen to my old favorites all the time.

And why is it so common to revert to music of our youth, rather than seeking out new tunes? The brain circuitry that connects music to memories and emotions is hardwired to our pleasure responses. Those old favorite songs release neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Yay dopamine! We all love that rush. So it makes sense. 

You hack this brain circuitry – even if your life feels busy and your priorities have changed. You can/should get back to finding new music

Why should you get into new music?

Firstly, it nourishes our brains. New music listening activates areas of the brain from root to tip. Doesn’t that sound good? 

New Music also acts as social cue. Helping us better understand other people. 

There has never been a human culture found on earth that has not produced music for some purpose. #MusicIsLife Music is one of the most powerful universal languages.

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.

and remember if you love someone hug them right now


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