This weekend Matt and I went to see two Railroad Earth shows. (If you haven’t heard them, listen to them here). They are one of our favorite bands and seeing two nights while staying with good friends was a lot of fun.
Seeing live music is always such an amazing experience. While I was in the crowd last night dancing, and singing all my favorite tunes I couldn’t help but think about this presentation I did in college about how music affects your brain and for a lot of people is almost like a happy pill.
Music raises levels of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and epinephrine naturally. These are happy molecules in the brain. This is most prominent when you hear your favorite jam or song and you get that instant burst of energy and big smile on your face. At a concert music has the power to bring strangers together in that moment. It creates a sense of unity because in essence you are sharing the same physical experience at the same moment in your brain.
Live music is so magical, and I am glad to say that I have spent a lot of my youth going to see my favorite bands with my friends. It brings people together in the best way. Last night I saw two very good friends of mine that I haven’t seen for awhile and being able to share the experience with them brought back a lot of good memories.
After coming home from a two day event, I feel relaxed and happy to have spent quality time with my friends and with the band that I wait to see at Red Rocks all winter long. I’m already excited for next year.
To read more about how your brain is affected by music, check these two books out;
Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr (Amazon)
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin (Website)