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February 12, 2010


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>> in my experience, the only way to rid oneself of an earworm is to hear the song in its entirety.

That's funny, Stacey, because it's exactly the opposite with me! Hearing the whole tune makes it worse because then sometimes the chorus becomes the earworm then the verse then the chorus then the second verse, etc.!

Also, when I'm composing, it's disastrous to hear something (esp. if it's banal) that keeps looping in your brain.

It's a terrible thing -- why did God "bless" us with this curse? :)-


Thanks a lot, Stacey. Now I've got it, too.

Bizarro, indeed.

There should be a way of figuring out which song played most minutes in your inner ear in any given year. "Among My Souvenirs" captured my head today. Yesterday it was "Mountain Greenery," voice of Mel Torme.

"I Have an Earworm"---isn't that the name of a song?

Hah! Terry, if it isn't, it should be.

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