Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tune Wedgy

I suffered a tune wedgy the other day.

You know, when a song gets stuck in your head? Earworm? Repitunitis? Humsickness? Daniel Levitin, PhD, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” says it happens to all of us, so don’t be making the crazy-lady finger swirl at me.

Usually I take a book on a little MP3 player and listen while I trudge through my walk. Makes me less likely to throw myself on the ground and demand rescue. But I’d finished one book, and the next one I’d ordered from the library (what a lovely system!) hadn’t arrived, so I borrowed my husband’s iPod. (Random thought: All this random capitalization in iPods and iTunes and such is really annoying.)

Anyway, one of the songs played was “A Bad Goodbye,” by Clint Black and Wynonna Judd. It’s a sad song with haunting words and melody, and I hit the replay button to listen twice. Bad idea. Two days later I’m still mentally harmonizing with Clint. (Who needs Wynonna? I can rock her part, no problem; “Goooodbye. Easier said than done. Gooooodbyyyye…”)

I shouldn’t complain. I’ve had some really bad songs stuck in my head: “Happy Together” by the Turtles, or Harpers Bizarre “Feeling Groovy,” or just annoying ones, like the Doofenschmirtz Evil Incorporated jingle from Phineas and Ferb, a cartoon my grandkids love. Oh, no, tune wedgy again: “Ba da da da da, feelin groovy…”

What about you? Any earworms you want to confess to? Meanwhile, I’m all “Life I love you, all is groovy…”


  1. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with a song in my head for no apparent reason. It plays on repeat all day. I have no idea why this happens. It's very odd. Maybe the songs are soundtracks for my dreams?

  2. Earworms are constant with me. Once, 3 days after my Grandson's visit, I still had The Wiggles "Dance Party" scraping through my brain.

  3. I am truly doomed! I have sporadic recurrences of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Weema-wacka, weema-wacka...arrrggg!

  4. I have been plagued for years with "If I Only Had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz. Whenever I am doing something essentially mindless, like taking a shower, cleaning, cooking, etc. I find myself humming that song. I tried to cure myself by humming a different song. That worked for a few days, but then I found myself right back to If I Only Had a Brain. I wonder if I'm trying to tell myself something?

  5. I'm in a very happy place right now because of you.... so happy together... how is the weather...I can't see me loving nobody but you..
    ahhhh high school, summer loves. Thanks, Val, I'm in a very happy place right now. I'm loving this tune wedgy ! Peace.

  6. I thought everyone did this, and from the comments you've gotten, it looks like that's true. I'm like Susan. I wake up with a song in my head, and it lingers all day. Sometimes two days.

    Doo doo ron ron!

  7. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini. And just to be mean, I sent it to my e-group. They still threaten me.