Have you ever been sitting quietly and suddenly a song you didn’t even know you knew popped into your head? Today, I was sitting quietly, reading and in popped, “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…” Okay, I don’t even know the title of this song, but think it was by The Mamas and The Papas. If this had been 30 years ago, I’d have to ask someone what those words go to. Now, with the very fast help of Google, I find that I’m “California Dreamin” and can listen to/watch the Youtube video AND find all the lyrics and even order a copy to be downloaded as an MP3. Wow!
For some reason, no matter the time of year, I will be driving down Loop 1604, heading for work or back home and I will suddenly start singing, “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, in the lane snow is glistening, a beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.” What??? That’s a Christmas song. Oh, yeah…Christmas in July…August…April. No matter what time of year, I guess I love me some Winter Wonderland. Maybe it’s my rebellion against the almost continuous heat of South Texas.
Years ago, I heard someone call this phenomenon of songs sticking in your head “earworms”. Horrid thought. But fitting. They don’t go away and are so annoying! I think it is even worse when someone knows you hate a particular song and remind you of it, so it’s stuck in your head all day. It was like that with the awful Barney song. You know…”I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…”. UGH!! STOP!!!!!!!! Make it go away!
So, what song do you hate to have as an “earworm”? And are there any songs that seem to recur at the strangest times?
“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.”~ Unknown