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
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 love....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 www.salon.com/books/review/2006/09/05/levitine.
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. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtlcHiSHTE.....Furr by Blitzen Trapper.