Archive for March 22nd, 2010

“I Have Earworms….” she said.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Village PeopleThe Village People

“I do too”, I admitted.

Oh, shut up – you have them too just like 97% of the population.  Earworms are those little musical ditties that play repeatedly in our minds.

Have you ever said, “I just can’t get that song out of my head.”?  You have an earworm – a short, upbeat, incomplete part of a song that you play in your brain over and over again.  Simple words and repetitive melodies create unforgettable earworms which are highly favored by advertisers and simpy groups like the Village People (think: “YMCA”).  The Village People – along with Abba – are earworm legends.

Psychologists who study this phenomenon (they really should have better things to do) call earworms “cognitive itches” and compare them to physical itches which must be repetitively scratched.  Mozart was said to be almost driven to madness by earworms.  There’s really no known “cure” for this intellectual pollution and the prognosis is dismal.  You’ll have earworms for the rest of your life and I hope it’s the worse thing you face.

What do I do about my earworms? I just kind of flow with the music in my head since I never bought an I-Pod.  The only problem I have is when I’m in the audience of some talented musician friends.  I try to look appreciative but my mind keeps singing:

“Super-cala-fragil-istic-expi-al-i-docious..even though the sound of it. . .”