Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Let the earworms battle

The pair of women singers called "MaMuse" won a contest held on the Garrison Keillor Saturday night program "Prairie Home Companion".  Amazon lets you hear snippets of all the numbers on their winning album called "All the Way" but DON'T click on this link!  It will take you to the snippets and may give you an serious earworm.  

An earworm is a bit of music that plays over and over in your head.  Some people are more bothered than others.  Lynn drove on a trip alone and listened to the MaMuse number Hallelujah repeatedly because it made her feel good.  It worked well but then over the next few days, she found that tune on her mind too much.  It got to be a bother.  

A few weeks back, we attended a performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute.  We both have listened to the opera at home many times and that was our third time sitting in a full performance.  We both had the music running through our minds over the next few days.  It is arresting, uplifting music.  I wonder sometimes if Wolfy (as some of us admirers refer to Amadeus) had a special genius for inventing short bits of music that are especially attuned to our minds and the way we use them.  

My prescription for an annoying earworm is a different earworm.  Between Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music and all the other services available, not to mention your own collection of tapes and CD's, as well as your favorite radio stations and many tv stations, there is no shortage of music to listen to.  So, if you are bothered by a tune, get a new one.  Maybe you haven't heard the tracks on "Maori Songs".  Great old hymns seem very powerful mind drugs and can probably displace whatever you have playing.  "Abba's" numbers are rhythmic and powerful but also upbeat.  There are some great drinking songs in opera.  You can listen without drinking and maybe even sing along better if you aren't drinking, or maybe only a little.  The drinking song in the Student Prince is gripping and good enough to replace whatever is buggy you.  This song "There is a brotherhood" from the finale of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" stayed in my head for a long time.  Remnants are there still.

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