Monday, February 1, 2021

Word of the Year 2021: Joy 2: Music


Viva Las Vegas in El Paso, Texas. July 2017.
Viva Las Vegas in El Paso, Texas. July 2017.


"I'm so happy!!!!" is what the guy exclaimed to the universe, expressing the joy we all felt in that small mechanic's garage at the 2013 Lupus Chili Fest, where Todd Day Wait and the Pigpen and we, the audience, melded our energies into something transcendent.


Music brings joy. 

Music literally lights up our brains. Your Brain on Music offers cool graphics on "how music impacts brain function and human behavior, including by reducing stress, pain and symptoms of depression as well as improving cognitive and motor skills, spatial-temporal learning and neurogenesis, which is the brain’s ability to produce neurons." 

The Cat Stevens (Yusuf) song, Miles From Nowhere, is my joyful road song. To say it lifts my spirit is a figurative cliche, but it occurs to me now that it probably really does lift whatever chemical-electrical operations I've got going on upstairs.



I have a feel good playlist. It includes my power songs and even my fuck you songs, the latter also producing a satisfying, perverse joy. I'm not a saint. 

Some other folks' happy playlists

  1. Jennifer Lee's Ultimate Happy Playlist
  2. USA Today's 100 Songs to Help Lift Your Spirits During a Pandemic
  3. Amr Salama's Songs That Will Instantly Put You in a Good Mo

It is good to make a joyful noise.

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