Earworms

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Steve

A conversation about music left over from an old book review got me wondering if I really do have a song playing in my head all the time. The only way to find out was to keep track, so all last week I made a note whenever I noticed a song on my mind that wasn't playing at that time in my environment. There were a few I couldn't identify, but SoundHound got most of them. I think it's possible that there are times that I am unaware of a lack of internal music, but whenever I checked I seemed to have somthing going.

Sunday
"If You're Happy and You Know It" - kid's swim class
Animal: "Neon Trees" - radio?
Simon & Garfunkel: "Homeward Bound" - Rite Aid
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme - TV
Meiko Kaji: "The Flower of Carnage" (Kill Bill soundtrack) - heard last week
Franz Ferdinand: "Take Me Out" - to scrub out a song heard in the toy store
Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Otherside" - heard on car radio this morning
Steam: "Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye"
GTR: "When the Heart Rules the Mind"

Monday
Confused morning medley after alarm clock
Tarkan: "Hup"
The National: "Mansion on the Hill"
Joe Jackson: "Stepping Out" - Big Bowl
The Doors: "Spanish Caravan" - shower
Matt Monro: "The Music Played" - YouTube
Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Otherside"

Tuesday
Simon & Garfunkel: "Homeward Bound"
Beirut: "A Sunday Smile" - mp3 walking to work
Coldplay: "Trouble"
Joe Jackson: "Stepping Out" - after reviewing this list
The Doors: "The Crystal Ship" - to block Joe Jackson
The Doors: "People are Strange" - followup track on The Best of The Doors
Nazan Öncel: "Atıyorsun" - overheard
Rokysopp: "Only This Moment" - association with video
Berlin: "Take My Breath Away" - dance class
Sezen Aksu: "Şu Saniye"

Wednesday
Natasha Bedingfield: "Feel the Rain on Your Skin" - unwelcome association with overnight precipitation, but at least a change from that Eddie Rabbitt song that always used to come to mind
Pink Floyd: "Time" - played at Swing's coffee shop
Black Eyed Peas: "I Got a Feeling" - morning drive (need to fix the CD player)
Basement Jaxx: "Where's Your Head At"
The Beatles: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - comes to mind at every street crossing when walking toddler

Thursday
Nazan Öncel: "Atiyorsun"
Wagner: "Tannhäuser"
Modest Mouse: "Float On"

Friday
Beirut: "Cliquot"
Tears for Fears: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - piped ambiance at Mall of America
"I'll Fly Away" - TV?

Saturday
Genesis: "Guide Vocal"
Smashing Pumpkins: "Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans"
Nine Inch Nails: "Discipline"

Sunday
Edwyn Collins: "A Girl Like You"
Phineas and Ferb theme - TV
Howard Jones: "No One Is To Blame" - radio
Journey: "Don't Stop Believing" - Safeway
Cake: "Short Skirt Long Jacket" - SportRock
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