Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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.”

Or how about some ear guards to keep those earwigs out?

Sorry, it’s earworm, not earwig.

What’s your current earworm? And of course I will take any suggestions for banishment of my melody overload.

Help!! Somebody!!


Comments on: "Help – I Have an Earwig!" (6)

  1. I didn’t have an earworm did you mentioned DLand – then I got “permane ser sentado, por favor”

  2. Covers ears: la la la, not hearing this!

    Another blogger mentioned a song called “Sunshine in Chicago” by Sun Kil Moon. I heard it on Pitchfork and for some reason, it is locked in my brain. It goes away when I’m occupied by something else, but as soon as it’s quiet and I have time to think….

  3. well know I”m infected too…. great song, great video. Both versions.

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