30 day song challenge, day 3: a song that makes you happy

Finally! An easy and straight-forward category that I don’t have to put much thought into because I know the answer without thinking about it. A song that always makes me happy is:

The Main Street Electrical Parade

I have some friends who will think this is a good choice, and others who will think I’ve gone around the bend. But whenever I heard this song, it always puts a little extra pep in my step, and it always makes me smile. The irony is that I don’t particularly like the song. But music toys with emotions and you don’t have to love or hate a song for it to bring out those emotions in you. In this case, hearing the song makes me happy. What I wonder is how much of that response is chemical, something about the notes that cause a certain reaction in my brain chemistry that generates that happy feeling. I wonder if anyone has ever investigated such an effect?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.