On Age, Music and Chemicals in the Brain

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A few days ago, I came across this interesting post on serotonin and dopamine and was reminded of it yesterday as I was listening to the songs of Barry Manilow. (OK. Please. Just be patient with me. I do have a point I want to share.)

When I was younger (“…so much younger than today…”) whenever I heard Barry Manilow’s songs, I would sing along until I cried (Yeah, I was that disgustingly dramatic.) I would think of the guys that I liked but didn’t even know I existed, or the guys that I liked but were not free, or the only one that broke my heart to pieces. (Who would not cry listening to “Even Now” and “Somewhere down the Road”???)

Now that I’m in my 40’s and in a stable, loving relationship with my husband of 10 years, and together raising a child, I feel absolutely nothing when I hear the songs that used to make me cry and later make me smile. When I listened to those same songs yesterday, there was not even a sigh. Nada. It seemed like that part of my mind or my heart just disappeared!

My husband thinks it’s just because I’m over that time in my life. Well, I have been over that period in my life for years now. But I used to have fond memories of that time. Now, even that fondness is gone.

So I wonder if those chemicals in my brain are up to something, or I am just getting old or already old.

Do old songs still make you cry or smile or angry? Do they have any effect on you at all? 

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2 thoughts on “On Age, Music and Chemicals in the Brain

  1. Although I have not been on this earth for more than 21 years..I feel as if you are on to something here. Old songs, books, poems, or letters from boyfriends do not have the same effect on me as they did back then. Some say that just means you are over it but I don’t buy it. I believe that something chemically happened when I enjoyed those things and now the chemical levels have changed. Who knows…it is a complicated organ.

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    • Thank you, Sarah: for a very informative post (which I linked here, if you’ve noticed) and for reading mine. I find the brain a fascinating subject to study. I hope to have more time to read about and understand it, especially how it affects our personalities.

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