How come some Songs can cause you to get "Goose Bumps"?

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  1. J.S.Matthew profile image80
    J.S.Matthewposted 6 years ago

    How come some Songs can cause you to get "Goose Bumps"?

    Sometimes when I hear an awesome song it effects me emotionally and physically. Have you ever hear a song that gives you "Goose  Bumps" or "Goose Pimples"? What is the explanation behind the physiological reasons for this phenomenon?

  2. spartucusjones profile image94
    spartucusjonesposted 6 years ago

    I'm not sure what the scientific explanation is, but I think it is just simply a matter of making an emotional connection to the song. It just highlights the emotional power of music.

  3. kevins blog52 profile image76
    kevins blog52posted 6 years ago

    I believe spartucusjones, has the answer, When a song gives me goose bumps  it reminds me of something that had a great meaning to me in the past.

  4. Deborah Brooks profile image78
    Deborah Brooksposted 6 years ago

    when ever I hear a song from the past it could have been a special date or past love or best friend.  I love my music .. and you are right there are some songs that I just love and it makes me have goosebumps.. but that's all I know  LOL

  5. copywriter31 profile image89
    copywriter31posted 6 years ago

    I am a recording artist, and this is a brilliant question. The answer is technical, yet mostly emotional; scientific yet fully subjective. I have no cohesive, absolute answer to this amazing question. if I had THE answer, I would have written hit after hit throughout my musical career. Why does a tear form in my eye when I hear Paul McCartney sing "The Long and Winding Road?" Partly, the answer is I was dating a VERY special girl when this song was popular, but music reaches places much deeper. The exact, right chord changes interacting with overpowering lyrics makes a magical song. I think you are asking a rhetorical question - there is NO explanation. A song must be universal in appeal - touching emotions we all feel and somehow this feeling is conveyed through musical textures and great writing. There exists NO formula for writing a song that will touch everyone; in fact, a composer is fortunate to reach 5% of his/her target audience. There are exceptions: Carol King, Jimmy Webb, McCartney/Lennon. The answer to your question is: There exists no answer. We composers write hoping to reach a universal emotion or feeling, but very, very few achieve this goal. GREAT QUESTION!

  6. Londonlady profile image93
    Londonladyposted 6 years ago
  7. moonfairy profile image78
    moonfairyposted 6 years ago

    yes, songs and quotations move me...and I think it's because they touch my soul. Pachabel's Canon is the song that does that the most to me. Every time I hear it I get goosebumps and teary eyed!

  8. anusha15 profile image86
    anusha15posted 6 years ago

    Here are some of my personal reasons.

    The song reminds me of something very close to my heart. The reminder's cause... well may be the song used to play when that memory creation was taking place smile or may be the song is new but the lyrics have a message that hits the target.

    We have a lot of playback songs for movies in India. There are a few songs which are brilliantly apt for the situation. If the situation is too emotional and has appealed to me a lot, then again this song is bound to cause goosebumps.

    This one's completely opposite of the first. If I'm going through a rather emotional  phase - happy, sad, excited, feeling low because of a failure, or extremely elated because of a success than I might remember a suitable song to hum smile and then goosebumps may be due to the song or due to the already emotional mindset.

    I guess that's already a long list big_smile Gr8 Question.


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