The components of music grab on tight to our emotional circuitry. In times of trouble, music is there to soothe the soul and ease the mind. This week Gavin, Leah, and Chris explore why music is an essential component of movies and TV, as well as how music is used to reduce stress. Plus, our friend Ray joins us to explore the mysteries of how music has such a hold on our emotions and why music therapy exists. (Hint: Music always helps the vibes.)

We do not own the copyrights to 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day or Mad World by Gary Jules. We are using the songs for educational and commentary purposes.

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