Picture yourself listening to your favourite song in your head.
Can you ‘feel’ it?
You might have felt a chill run up your spine.
What you’re feeling is called “aesthetic chills”, which feels like waves running all over your skin.
According to an article published by sciencealert.com, musical passages that include unexpected harmonies and sudden changes in volume are particularly common triggers for frisson because they “violate” listeners’ expectations in a positive way, similar to what occurred during the unexpected performance by an Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent, where she masterfully performed the song, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ (see YouTube video below).
It just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover.
Two things that came to mind as I wrote this – (1) How many times have I been too quick to judge others? And (2) I would like to get myself a pair of excellent headphones so that I have a better“aesthetic chill” experience.
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You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to confess that you’ve been quick to judge others in life?