Friday, August 6, 2021

Singing Myself to Sleep

 When a song gets stuck in your head and goes round and round and will not go away, it is called an Earworm. Some people hate them. I love them because I can pick and choose. 

There is always something going on inside my head. I'm either arguing with myself about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or how I can dissuade people from their fantasies and conspiracies, or who can I annoy on Facebook. If none of the above then it is music fills my soul and the empty void. Songs with simple words and melodies that I enjoy and have played enough to learn the lyrics are sung silently in my mind. The acoustics are good, like a high vaulted ceiling in a cathedral and no discernable echo. 

While I enjoy Tchaikovsky, I couldn't hum the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies to save my soul. I need words to the music. So over the years I have built a playlist of which at any given time may consist of four or more songs which I sing to myself. They are added to or subtracted from for no good reason. Something will remind me of one I used to sing to myself and I'll add it back in. 

So here area  few of the songs that play in my mind and often play until I go to sleep. In no particular order.









10 comments:

  1. Music is not integral to my life. I feel almost ashamed to admit that, but it is true.
    Sadly (perhaps a reflection of that) my earworms are usually music of no quality. Things like She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini... And I do hope I haven't put that in your head.

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    1. For me, life without music would be very hard. And I haven't heard Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Polka Dot Bikini for years. Used to sing it at the top of my lungs when I was riding the tractor working summerfallow.

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  2. You must like variety of Music. Did you know Kris Kristofferson got Rhodes
    Scholarship.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Hi, Dora. My taste in music is very wide but does not include rock in any form though I would go to a Stones concert just because.
      I did not know that about Kris Kristofferson. Thanks
      I love your sign off.

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  3. I have cd player in my Rogue..I will get a new cd and then play it for weeks..got a new Waylon Jennings cd and now I replay it in my sleep...all fucking night long..it's sort of horrible and wonderful at the same time.

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    1. Oh, yes! Don't I know the feeling. Wore out tapes in the van and then wore them out in my head, mostly Kris and Rita. Try mix and match if the whole CD is too much. Love Waylon. I could have added a couple of Waylon and Willie songs to my list above.

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  4. Wow, some real classics! I'd never heard Foster and Allen before, and now I'm off to look for some of their DVDs. Thanks for that! :-)

    On the other hand, I can't say I'm a big fan of earworms. Sometimes I've had the same song stay in my brain for a month or more; and not the whole song, just a couple of lines over and over. At first I barely notice that they're playing in my head at all hours of the day and night; but after a while... argh!

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    1. In the 70s and 80s Saskatoon and Regina had FM stations dedicated to easy listening. Not allowed anymore. We were exposed to such a wide variety of artists; from Ferrante and Teicher, Los Indios Tabajaris to Don Williams, The Rankin Family, Rita MacNeil and Foster and Allen.
      An earworm of a piece of a song is terrible to deal with which is why I look up the lyrics and learn the whole song or learn another to replace it. Since I am stuck with them I might as well enjoy them.
      Classics, yes. All of them but one are 50+ years old and the singers either old or deceased. Funny how that works. Losing John Prine was so sad.

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