Once more, it’s Music Monday!
Today: chemistry, but also neurobiology. But the song is called Chemistry – here’s Rush, from the 1982 album Signals (sorry, no cool video):
Reaction making impact
Oh, but how
Do we make contact
With one another?
Seems to me it’s chemistry
Here the lyrics are playing with a double meaning of “chemistry”, I think – the chemistry of neurotransmission (“electricity, biology”) but also the chemistry of interactions between people and between people and music. Rush was known for its frequently intellectual lyrics*, and this isn’t their only song about science: among others, there’s Natural Science and, arguably, Roll the Bones (which I’ve always thought was heavily influenced by Stephen Jay Gould’s Wonderful Life).
And now for this week’s I-just-like-it bonus: Mary Gauthier’s Mercy Now. I’ve chosen this performance of the song both because it’s superb, and because I’m thoroughly enamoured with the beard her violinist, Michele Gazich, is sporting. If I could grow that beard, I would; but I can’t.
See you for more next week.
© Stephen Heard August 16, 2021
Image: Acetylcholine, a critical vertebrate neurotransmitter. © CCoil via Wikimedia.org CC BY-SA 3.0