Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jubilation Day 18......My hit of heroin

I am changing my New Year Blog Post Title because:
1.  I like the word Jubilation and my favorite artist, Josh Ritter, was the inspiration for my New Year's Resolution.  In his song Lantern, he wrote
"So throw away those lamentations
We both know them all too well
If there's a book of jubilations
We'll have to write it for ourselves
So come and lie beside me darling
And let's write it while we still got time"

2.  I am sick of writing 'New Year'.
3.  The word Jubilation covers all the categorical genres of my Resolution.....adventures, firsts, simple pleasures....  basically, things that brought joy to my day.

Today, I heard a song that I instantly loved.  There are some songs that you hear that change your life and that you immediately know will be a song of which you will never grow tired..  I have always equated it to the feeling of being in that I either want to jump from the raftors, sob in a ball in the corner, or both.  I read a fascinating article about what happens to your brain when you hear music  that resonates with you.  You can read it at

My favorite paragraph was:

"But it's not just the cerebellum that perks up to songs. What's interesting about how our brains respond to music -- rather than, say, language -- is the large number of systems that are activated by the experience. In addition to the cerebellum, music taps into the frontal lobes (a "higher-order" region that processes musical structure), and it also activates the mesolimbic system, which Levitin explains is "involved in arousal, pleasure, the transmission of opiods and the production of dopamine." This is why certain music can feel so pleasurable, producing such deep emotions -- it's simultaneously operating on various parts of our brains, and the response is something on the order of taking a hit of heroin."

This song was my hit of dopamine today.  In fact, I took about 25 hits of it.   I wanted to dance and sob in a corner. by Blitzen Trapper.


marymary said...

Oh, wow. Thanks. I can tell I'll be picking apart these lyrics in my head for a long time. Am I the only who I feels like I'm listening to Dylan?

Sijbrich said...

Lately music has been making me over the top nostalgic. I've been rediscovering some of my favorite music that I just haven't heard for a while and it transforms me back to a certain time in my life and giving me a bit "high."

This song makes me teary-eyed every time I listen to it. I just watched this video for the first time and I'm not sure how I feel about the puppets, but my eyes still welled-up. I don't think it's one of their most popular songs, but I love it. Once I heard the last part of an interview with them and learned that they are actually a down-to-earth married couple with 2 little kids, which made me love them more.

And seriously, I'm not stalking you. On my nifty new blog I can now see whenever someone updates their blog, and you've just been very pious in your posting, hence, why I've become Your Most Faithful Commenter.

Lucy said...

I've never heard the song but I love it! Thanks for the link. The video was cool too.

Amy said...

I loved listening to this song and it made me miss the days we used to listen to music while we'd cruise around good old Provo. It made me very sentimental. Mostly because you really like it and it makes me miss you.