Music has a unique power to elicit moments of intense emotional and psychophysiological response.
— Luke Harrison & Psyche Loui

Sisters & Brothers,

You've had it happen before. You're listening to some piece of music and at a particular moment you get goosebumps, the hair on the back of your neck stands up. This is known as frisson. Something resonated so deep within us that we had a physical reaction to it. It's also usually one of the deciding factors of when we decide that we want to listen to a song 100 times in a row or not.

But music can do so much more than give us frisson. Have you ever listened to a song and felt compelled to go do something? For me it's writing. I hear a song, get goosebumps and get the urge to write (this letter is a perfect example). What a wonderful thing to know that a set of notes and tones can be so satisfying to our psyche that it touches us so deeply, down to our very cores. How are you not moved by that?

The neat thing is that we all have our own ways of entering this bit of blissful oblivion. For me, it's soft, melodic music that manages to find it's way to the deepest points of my soul and bring out emotions & desires. For others it might be the sound of some really good folk music, funk, metal, rock, etc. Frisson isn't just confined to music though. When we read parts of books, prayer, watch movie scenes, etc., we're also capable of being moved all the way down to our very cores. 

I've been listening to the following song over and over for days. It's touched me in a way that very few songs ever have. The lyrics, they're beautiful but there's just something so mysterious about the entire piece to me that I can't quite put my finger on it. I'll listen to it at night and be so moved that I find myself in tears. Hillsong has quite a few amazing songs to listen to and if you enjoy this one you'll enjoy all of the others. So I leave you with this. Enjoy and until next time.

'So Will I (100 Billion X)' recorded live at ‪the Hillsong Worship & Creative Conference in Sydney, Australia.


More reading on frisson here.

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