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Question #90191 posted on 08/04/2017 6:50 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently discovered the term for when music gives you goosebumps: frisson! Amazing right? Music has always been a very powerful force in my life and I'm excited to explore this concept more.

So, have you experienced this phenomenon before (I read that about 2/3s of people do)? If so, what are some songs/artists that give you frisson? Radiohead seems to do it for me..

- Melomaniac


Dear Melancholia,

Ooh, that is an intriguing term. I like it. As for what songs/artists give me frisson, "Taro" by Alt-J does partially because of the song itself but also the meaning behind the song. The band wrote this song to memorialize the love story between two twentieth-century war photojournalists, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa. Taro tragically died while photographing the Spanish Civil War, and Capa died several years later by stepping on a landmine. The lyrics describe Capa's longing for her until his death and their reunion in the afterlife. The raw emotion and poetry in the song just gives me chills.

-Van Goff


Dear Melons,

You have finally answered one of the two questions I ever asked the Board. I had no clue there was a name for this (and the writers in 2011 didn't either). Thank you.

Needless to say, yes, I have felt this before. It happened more in my teens though. Maybe I'm becoming crusty and heartless in my old age.



Dear Melodrama,

I usually experience this when someone nails a note that they have to hold for a while. For some reason, that just seriously impresses me!

-Sunday Night Banter