I have this annoying earwig burrowed deep in my brain. Earwig? Sorry, I mean earworm. (Guess that should be an indicator of how my brain is affected.)
“Somebody That I Used to Know” has been with me for at least 3 weeks now. The video is catchy and the song is priceless (IMHO).
The original by Gotye just hit the right musical spot in my head. After googling it, I found a spectacular rendition by Walk off the Earth (WOTE). You must watch this; the 5 members of WOTE play a single guitar and sing my current earworm.
So exactly what is an earworm? You know – you have had them. A piece of music or melody that keeps floating around your brain. It is just popping up internally as if the song is caught in an infinite loop. If I am not concentrating on something else, the lyric “Somebody…” is in control.
If you have ever been to Disneyland, you probably were infected with the “It’s a Small World After All” earworm. Or more recently you got bitten by “Call Me Maybe.”
Scientists have noted that most earworms are very short in length, 15-30 seconds. You don’t hear the whole song, just a short burst of a catchy component. And more people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) tendencies appear to get earworms.
But how do you get rid of the little bugger? I am fearful that very soon I am going to scream “Somebody…” out loud and will be carted off to the looney bin.
One termination suggestion is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song several times. Yeah, right! I would rather have “Somebody” as my earworm instead of “Happy Birthday.”
What’s your current earworm? And of course I will take any suggestions for banishment of my melody overload.