Intertwined

I was thinking about music and how it’s bound up with emotion and people.

I read somewhere that music is keyed into our hormones. This means that we remember and love the music that we hear at the times of our lives when we have a lot of hormones surging through our bodies.

Neuroscience researcher Dr. Valorie Niloufar Salimpoor (great name, huh!) says that we love music because listening to it releases dopamine – the same brain chemical associated with food, drugs, and sex. Sounds about right to me.

Your average teenager has loads of surging hormones and listens to lots of music.

I reckon that’s why, when we ‘grow up’, we like to listen to music that we heard as teenagers and why any other music just doesn’t hit the spot. It kind of seems to us that they don’t make good songs anymore – even though, actually, that’s incorrect.

And that set me off thinking about things that never were and never will be.

Those songs I listened to, when I was of a certain age, have become intertwined with people and emotions. There’s an album mixed up with my first girlfriend, one mixed up with my breakup with another girl, one that’s mixed up with this girl that lived downstairs from me … and it goes on.

It’s a mixed up, messed up, co-dependant world I live in.

But what do you reckon – did good music really die as soon as you left your teen years behind? And if you haven’t exited that time yet – are you sure that this is the most important time in the whole of musical history?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address …

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32 thoughts on “Intertwined

  1. You’re spot on, Robert.
    An ex I met again years later mentioned a song I had introduced him to. Of course, I remembered sharing it with him, but I was surprised he remembered! Must be the hormones.

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  2. As much as I love the music of my youth, I don’t believe it was the best music that ever was…music is transcendent and speaks to the souls of listeners in the very same way as the music I fell in love with…believing that ones particular era of music was the best is the same as someone in love believing that, because what they have is real, every other relationship is inferior. That’s just my humble take on it 🙂

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  3. If music is tied to hormones then I should have amazing connections to songs throughout my whole life. Goodness knows, being a woman, I have always had hormones to flood my body.
    This is a great post. I think that humans have been and continue to be united by music. It is a force that can be used for great good in the world. One that can calm a baby or sooth a ill adult. Thanks for the opportunity to reflect on this topic. I will take the idea with me into my day.

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    • I’m not sure how all the hormones work, Ali so … *shrugs and smiles* I know that dopamine has an effect on music appreciation, but I’m not so sure about estrogens and progesterone.
      But that aside – yeah, music is an amazing force for good. Hope you have a great day with your songs, Ali. 🙂

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