I'm sure that some or all of you have gotten goosebumps when listening to something musically satisfying. I've always wondered what it takes for me to have goosebumps when listening to music...but I haven't nailed it down. It's such an individualistic thing, but if I had to reevaluate what it takes for my sympathetic nervous system to stimulate piloerection, I think it's the thought that a piece of music connects with me on such an extremely internal level that my body has to physically signal to me that something extremely magical and satisfying is occurring for my mind to register it. Weird. I can go for months without experiencing musical goosebumps but I have had 3 manifestations of it this weekend:
First, while listening to Sospiri, a early music ensemble featuring my friends, on Friday at their recital when their pure frequencies aligned in grand chords. Secondly, when I was singing Pergolesi's Quando Corpus this morning at a church service with Belle Canto when I heard the warm piano introduction. Thirdly, when I was listening to Plain White Ts tonight perform "Hey There Delilah" using acoustic guitars and little synth tabs on their fingers to produce a gentle and acoustic setting.
I'm not sure if goose bumps are a signal of great music...there is so much individual taste involved when eliciting a goosebump response; however, it is gratifying to know that when you do hear something amazing, your body has its own way of bringing attention to it.
Readers, please share some of you musical goosebump moments in the comment section below!
Pergolesi's Quando Corpus from the Stabat Mater