Music provides us humans the same burst of happiness that we would get from eating a piece of chocolate, sex or certain drugs. And travel has long been associated with wellness for your brain at virtually every age. Travel to a new place alone kick-starts your brain that has become mired in everyday routines.
In fact, here's a great idea... Love music? Traveling this summer? Willing to travel for music?
Then go see LCD Soundsystem this summer (click here for their summer festival dates). They'll be on the West Coast for Outside Lands (San Francisco, August 5-7) and FYF (Los Angeles, August 27 & 28).
Even if you're not familiar with LCD, take a chance; you won't regret an evening spent with James Murphy & Co. It is music-friendly for everyone, including a tweener’s first concert. This band plays like a unified team, each musician with a significant part to play, no matter how minor. They are collaborative artists with the polish of a group that might as well have played together for a thousand years.
Writer’s side note: I didn’t even get into LCD Soundsystem until after they broke up. Now they are back together, reunited in 2016 and playing, live, the hits that I fell in love with over the past 3-4 years. Songs that I thought I would never hear live……until Coachella 2016. Sure, Guns N Roses played like they arrived in a time machine from 30 years ago but, for me, it was LCD Soundsystem that stood a full head above as the top performance of Coachella 2016. They were the only band to solidly tribute both Bowie and Prince and with a style of their own and sounded natural while channeling the very legends before them (via “Heroes” and “Controversy”). The good vibes and couldn’t-help-but-sing-and-dance effect lasted their entire set. There were simply more moments of hair standing up on the back of my neck than any other show that weekend.
To get started on your summer journey to LCD nirvana, here’s a beginner guide. A menu, if you will.
Appetizers for your Brain (Start with these)
Daft Punk is Playing in My House
New York I love you
Main Course for your Brain (Then listen to these)
North American Scum
I Can Change
Dessert (After you acquire the ears)
All My Friends
Losing My Edge (so much better live)
Dance Yourself Clean
Sure, the hairs on your neck just might stand up. That's just your brain’s way of thanking you.