Love Is A Drug: So Is Music

By: Eric Nadelberg

We all have stopped what we’re doing as a song comes on the radio, and we remember an event connected to the music. The memories come almost unbidden as they flood our brains with information. The who, where, when, and what of those moments come to life as the notes flood our minds. Our emotions take over, and we’re musical prisoners of our past.

At that moment, our brain is awash in a sea of hormones. The music and the memories bring on a sea of neural chemical reactions and releases in our cortex. Most prominent among them is dopamine. It’s a neurotransmitter that creates feelings of gratification and pleasure. It cements the positive feelings associated with the song.

Popular music provides expectable and predictable periods of dissonance and resolution. Music triggers emotion as it moves from resolution to dissonance and back again. The more our expectations are met, the more dopamine flows, and we get happy.

This catalytic reaction cycle explains a lot. It’s why the music of Arnold Schoenberg and Phillip Glass isn’t accessible. Their music celebrates dissonance and non-resolution. It’s music based on uncertainty when the mind craves order and finality.

Rockin Robin Radio gives you certainty and removes aural dissonance from your life. Our music tickles your memory banks and excites your neurotransmitters. Like you, we love the music we’re playing because it makes us happy.

Spend time with Rockin Robin Radio, and you’ll hear great songs from the ’50s through the ’70s. It’s Rock, Rn’B, and Motown. Relax in The Robin’s Nest with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the rest of the era’s jazz greats. It’s the music of the middle 20th century, live-streamed, and commercial-free.

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