Rocketman has it right:
“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”
– Elton John
We know that music, delivered any type of way, is healing in that it helps the release of dopamine, our “happy hormone.” However, the medium music comes in matters more than we think. Specifically at music venues when we see the instruments (that can include a voice) being played in front of us sync with the music that we’ve had on repeat for the past few months, it can bring us a surrealistic feeling of joy.
There is a sense of pure contentment and oneness at a concert that cannot be matched to listening with headphones on the bus.
The research has been done on babies, too. Playing live music (versus pre-recorded or no music) led to a calmer heart rate and a deeper sleep among infants.
As we might be easing into having those mind blowing concerts again, it’s great to understand some of the why behind we feel so drawn to them.