My regular correspondent Adullamite has a couple of interesting articles on his most interesting blog about earworm.
I referred to the phenomenon recently, although at that time I didn’t know it was called earworm, in my recent post about Eve’s and my trip to London where I wrote:
“As we passed through Clapham Junction, the old Squeeze song sprung to mind and I haven’t been able to shift it from my brain playlist since.”
Like Adullamite, I am afflicted with this condition and it can last for days, even weeks with one (sometimes very annoying) song as the culprit.
Recently it was Pink Floyd’s ‘Have a Cigar’ that was playing in my heid, morning noon and night. If I woke up during the night or in the morning, the track was playing at volume in all of its surround sound, remastered quadrophonic glory.
Turn it down! I'm trying to sleep!
Except that it wasn’t.
Now I didn’t mind that too much because Wish you were here by Pink Floyd is one of my favourite albums of all time.
However a couple of weeks ago my earworm was, (I don’t really know if I should admit to this)………..
Last Christmas by Wham.
And do you know why Dear Reader?
Because there is a wee ‘ding’ that my laptop makes which sounds like part of the bloody intro to bloody Wham’s bloody Last bloody Christmas!!!!
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Now as if this wasn’t bad enough, and I don’t know about you, but I have an associated condition which is similar to tourettes syndrome and entails me singing or whistling whatever tune is in my heid at a particular time.
Thankfully it is at low volume but invariably it will be one or two lines of the song which get repeated on an endless loop throughout the day.
And worse. Because I regularly write songs myself, I fit alternative words to the song and sing them instead!!!
Thus bemused colleagues and customers have been treated to my rendition of:
‘Last Christmas – I did a fart and the very next day you blew me away!’
I mean it wouldn’t be so bad, but in the middle of March?
So I’m glad it happens to you too.
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