Earworms

Getting things stuck in your head isn’t exactly uncommon. Most people have, at some point or another, had a bit of a song running through their brain that just wouldn’t dislodge.

It’s not exactly a bad thing, though it can be a little annoying – especially if (like me) you hardly ever *don’t* have a song stuck in your head. And when you try to get rid of it (which is dubious at best, that whole “sing the whole song” thing doesn’t work), you just replace it with something else.

These things aren’t exactly sensible, either.  Last night, I had “Come Together” by the Beatles stuck in a loop. This morning? The intro to a random television show on The Learning Channel. And they switch all the time – or worse… they go stereo, so whatever I’m trying to replace the earworm with becomes a second earworm, going at the same time.

All it takes is a suggestion, and poof, something is now going to accompany me for the next several hours. I’m pretty sure it runs in the family too (my dad is the same way).

Anyway, I started thinking about it, and about how I wasn’t sure I really *want* to get rid of the earworms.  Granted, singing songs from Sesame Street is a little silly, but I’m not sure how well I’d deal with all that quiet! Who needs a radio, I’ve got the music in my head (even if it’s the same song stuck on repeat).

/wanders off, humming the background jingle from a car insurance commercial.