Brain imaging shows our favorite songs trigger the brain’s pleasure points, and a significant amount of those internal drugs that we all love, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, are released. The more we like a song, the more these neurochemicals are released.
- Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture Music Production Blog
When I was a teen I felt a far deeper connection to the music I listened to. I’ve already touched on this briefly but recently a blog post popped up on my feedly reader which seemed to directly talk to me.
This post is in response to a comment on a previous travel post. I apologise for taking so long!
When I visited Japan late last year there was a lot I wanted to see even though I would only be there for two weeks. My list was definitely more than two weeks’ worth of tourism and I began to set some items aside for next time. It’s a bit of a trap travelers can fall into and trying to fit in too much can lead to an unnecessarily stressful holiday.
1- Know when ‘To Do’ is too much.
Ten years ago as a university student I vowed never to wear shorts that ended above my knee. Today as a working adult my shorts expose more leg than they hide.
How things change.
It’s all fun and games until someone dies, as was the case with Robin Williams. When celebrities have very public “breakdowns,” we find them entertaining, sensational, intriguing. When celebrities die from these illnesses, however, we grieve for them, celebrate their lives, and profess our sympathy for their struggle.
- ‘The Spectacle of Mental Illness‘ from Let’s Queer Things Up!
I spotted this article in the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress. It’s definitely a worthwhile read as it opens your mind by referencing two cases which have been treated so differently by many.
I don’t remember how I came to be in that house. Everyone was asleep, but I was drawn to one of the upstairs rooms. The stairs were creaky but I was quiet. I was always quiet.
“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday”
- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
But not today. Today I’m enjoying my day off, in lieu of working the public holiday last week. I’ve been in and out of bed all morning, since waking at a God-awful hour for some bizarre reason. My 9-day run at work was only rewarded with a regular 2-day weekend, so this bonus day is more than welcome.
‘Now people don’t ever want to talk to me about The X-Files. They only want to ask about Jamie Dornan.’
- Gillian Anderson on her The Fall co-star
I love Gillian Anderson and have loved her work in television from the moment I first watched The X-Files one sleepless night.
I think I liked the idea of an article about terrible key changes in songs more than the article itself. The countdown style of the article insinuated that the key changes would get worse as you went along, but I didn’t feel that was the case at all.
(LOST) helped to normalize the idea that television can be watched intimately with millions of people not currently seated on your couch and that episodes don’t end when the credits roll — they stretch and bleed into the rest of the week through a dizzying scrim of chat windows, status updates, and ill-advised Googling.
Happy 10 year anniversary, Lost!