Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stop Playing That Song

For this week's Two Shoes Tuesday, Josie gave us the word "earworm" defined as a song you can't get out of your head.  I'm paraphrasing that last part.  If it's a direct quote, it's entirely on accident. 

You would not believe how many lyrics are trapped in my head.  If I like a song, I can't truly enjoy it until I know the words, timing, and any drum solos so well I can sing as perfectly as my limited vocal ability allows me to even when it isn't playing. 

 I can listen to the same song an replay for hours on end without  losing interest.  There are days at work where I quite purposefully sing the same song to myself over and over because it suits the mood I'm in that day.

I don't just listen to music, I consume it.

Despite all of this, there are times when my mind takes over the DJ booth and irritates the bajesus outta me.  In the middle of a perfectly wonderful brooding day, it will start playing Don't Worry, Be Happy.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to brood to that song?  Or, when I'm in a great mood, it starts playing The Dance.  I'm in a good mood, why are you playing me a song about people dying?  And every now and then, for no reason at all, my mind will start playing the Sanford and Son theme song, which I love until my mind plays it for 12 hours straight.

My mind has a mind of its own.

None of these are as annoying as when my mind starts playing songs I don't know completely.  With all the material it could pull from, it picks something I know half the chorus to.   This is not just annoying, it's time consuming.  See, when this happens I have to seek out the song and learn it.  Oddly, it seems to fall out of my mind's top 10 list at that point, replaced by some other song I heard once. 

Still, I love that my mind can take itself over forcing me to annoy myself.  Just sounds like something I would do. 

16 comments:

  1. Great post from the mind of the Monkey! :-) I agree that the strangest thing is some of the songs and yes, partial songs, that pop into our heads and annoyingly get stuck there. The harder you try to remove them or replace them the longer they seem to play. Makes one ponder about how independently our minds can function from our will, doesn't it?!

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    1. It does. I'd like to think I am in control but this brain of mine does not always cooperate.

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  2. And you can be ANYWHERE and have a song, or part of a song, or a word, stuck in your brain! No safe haven . . . :)

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    1. My saving grace, I'm easily distracted. I can sometimes distract myself long enough for some peace. And then, someone will say something that will either bring it back or make a new song start.

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  3. Then you dedicate most of the day calling every person and Monkey you know, hours and hours clicking through google pages to find the song that you aren't sure the name of that has been stuck in your head the whole time.... Yea.. I love when that shit happens!

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    1. A kindred spirit! I know that routine oh so well.

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  4. I think that I'm the only person who apologises to themselves for singing songs out loud, that have randomly popped into my head.

    Example-
    whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop, oppa Gangnam style...sorry. (5 seconds later) Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop...sorry. (a second later) whoop whoop...sorry.

    I think you get the picture. :)

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    1. I don't even apologize to the people around me when I sing. I enjoy singing regardless of whether anyone else enjoys it.

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  5. It looks as though you are in control rather the pesky tunes controlling you. Clearly the earworms have a worthy adversary in you.

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    1. A barely controlled chaos. Sums up my mind quite well actually.

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  6. lol.... don't worry be happy is a great tune to have stuck in your head... and who wants to brood all day anyway... and The Dance ... one of my all time favs.... everyone dies sometime...enjoy the Dance~

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    1. Sometimes I like to brood. I'm usually pretty happy and positive but sometimes I need a break from the norm.

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  7. I love 'Don't worry be happy', my oldest son as a toddler adored the song 'Happy Shiny People' only he used to modify it to 'Happy Shiny People Pants' song - it was when happy pants were fashionable - ahh the logic of a 3 year old

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    1. I love Don't Worry, Be Happy. It's just not always appropriate, especially for 8 or 9 hours straight.

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  8. I know how you feel. I have the opposite, I can get bored of a song that I've listened to over and over again. I was once really annoyed when I had a song stuck in my head that I really liked, when I was in bed for over a week. I was annoyed that my brain kept playing it over and over in my head and that I might not like that song anymore, but luckily I still liked it and still do! : )

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    1. I have listened to songs until they annoyed me but rarely by choice. Some of my friends have horrible taste in music. Why they insist on listening to crap is beyond me.

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