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Monday, December 05, 2011

The temperature may be dropping...but the goosebumps you get from listening to music have nothing to do with the weather. Today: the science behind chills and thrills from music. And, we ask you to share songs that give you shivers. Plus, a live performance from singer and songwriter Jessie Baylin, and her band.

Listeners: Does music give you goosebumps or chills? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it here.

Musical Chills and Thrills

Scientists call them thrills, frisson, and even "skin orgasms.” They’re the very real experience of chills and shivers from listening to music. Some people have them every day – others might never experience a guitar-inspired goosebump. The psychologist Paul Silvia says it might have something to do with your personality…and a great hook. He joins us for a skin-tingling listen.

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In Studio: Jessie Baylin

Singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin is no stranger to the ins-and-outs of the music biz. She attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City and is married to Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill. But, after being signed to a major record label for several years, she negotiated her way out of a contract in order to pursue greater artistic freedom. Jessie Baylin joins us in studio to play new songs off of her upcoming LP called Little Spark.

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A Rush Of Music To The Head

John Schaefer on music that gives him goosebumps

Gig Alert: Flutronix

Electroacoustic flute duo Flutronix performs at Shrine on Monday night. Download the group's song "Brown Squares" here. 

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