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Writer's Block: The Wrath of Ohrwurm

German has a word for everything, like ohrwurm. Translated literally as "earworm" in English, it's the word for songs that get stuck in your head and won't go away. What earworm of a song do you most dread burrowing into your head?


Well, anybody who knows me knows that I am super-susceptible to earworms. gamethyme likes to exploit this, particularly with regards to that stupid Toys R Us jingle or the Oscar Meyer jingles. Those are probably the worst, but just about anything will get a song running through my head until either I can remember the entire song (or the entire SHOW if it's a show tune - curse of being a musical theater geek) or I blast it out of my head. I've found that the Winnie-the-Pooh song and singing Amazing Grace to the tune of the theme song from Gilligan's Island work best for getting things out. :)

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suibhne_geilt
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I've got the exact opposite. I don't get Ohrwurmen often, thankfully. One notable exception was the time last year when I was off on a long ride, when my brain spent the entire 4 hours trying to turn Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing" into the same song. I was ready to take off the helmet and try reading a road sign by the facial braille method by the time I got home.
princessgeek
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
So a friend of mine who is an english teacher says the best way to get these out of your head (he read some research) is to sing a song that is familiar to you- like a childhood song. It's stored in a different part of the brain or something. That explains why winnie the pooh or gilligan's island would work. Although I dont think i could sing the lyrics to amazing grace to a different tune. I've tried stuff like that or what about shifting the words, starting on one note later? that is TOTALLY hard.
gamethyme
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
*shrug* What can I say?

I don' wanna grow up.
pict_shrink
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Try listening to last week's This American Life, where David Sedaris sings ad jingles in Bilie Holiday's voice...
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