Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Or maybe a symphony?
I suspect it's a common occurrence in musicians -- or call it a common ailment. When someone says, "I've got this music stuck in my head," often the next thing they say is, "...and it's driving me crazy!"
Such a phenomenon is called an ear worm (which comes from German "ohrwurm"). It's been the subject of short stories, Seinfeld episodes and even blamed semi-seriously for causing madness. I'd also venture to say that the "earworm" also helps most children learn their alphabets and can have other beneficial effects.
I have one going pretty much all the time, and sometimes several. When I wake up, nearly every morning my brain treats me to music I used to listen to early in the mornings as a toddler, with my grandmother. It's completely unconscious and I find it quite incredible that this would come to me; I often don't notice it until I find myself humming it, and then I shake my head. How? Why? I've stopped fighting it and simply decided it's her way of saying hello!
How often do you get an "earworm"? Do you have any recurring ones? What are they?
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