posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 01:56 AM
It's happened to you. It's happened to everybody. A song -- or part of one -- gets stuck in your head and refuses to be dislodged. It may be a song
you like, but just as often it's a song you can't stand. But love it or hate it, there it is, zooming round and round your brain like a hyperactive
child in a small room, and just as annoying.
Mostly, it's a temporary thing -- some advertising jingle or popular ditty of the day that claims your mind for a few hours, maybe a day or two, and
then is gone. But there is music that can work its way into your brain and stay there for a lifetime. My ex-wife has a habit of humming Yellow
Submarine whenever she is depressed, annoyed or just spinning her mental wheels. As for me, I have not one but two musical demons that recurrently
gain possession of my mind. Fortunately, both are also personal favourites of mine, so I don't really grudge them the headspace.
One is Doctor Wu by Steely Dan. It's an excellent song all round -- melody, lyrics, arrangement, the quality of musicianship employed -- but
the 'viral' bit, for me, is the saxophone solo in the middle.
The other is The Wedding List by Kate Bush. Once again, it's a fine song from one of my favourite artists (Wuthering Heights and
Breathing still raise the hairs on my forearm every time I hear them, though I've heard them both hundreds of times). In this case, it's the
melody that does it -- angular, seemingly discontinuous and unforgettable.
Anybody else out there like me, in thrall to a particular song or song fragment?
If so, let us hear about it.