When I look at this pitcher, I keep wanting to sing “this little vase of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little vase of mine . . . ” Well, “this little pitcher of mine” just doesn’t work.
Do you ever get some song or part of a song stuck in your head? It’s driving you crazy because you don’t even like the song, but you find it playing in the background of your mind, and all too often, the foreground? The worst is when it is from a tv commercial, but the other day I caught myself humming the music from a popular song with silly repetitive lyrics that my 20 year old daughter sings to tease me because she knows she will get me started thinking of the song and then I’ll get frustrated because I can’t make it go away. Occasionally I’ll wake up singing a tune from something like The Wizard of Oz – “with the thoughts you’ll be thinkin’ you could be another Lincoln if you only had a brain” and that soundtrack will play all day, and I’m wishing I could change the selection.
Earworms. That’s what it’s called when you get songs stuck in your head. From the German word ohrwurm. There has apparently been little scientific research on earworms. I guess it is hard to get funding for it, but there has been a little and, just like for me, most people only get about 15 to 20 seconds of a simple song that takes little effort to sing stuck in their minds. Some people get earworms so badly that it interferes with sleep or work and to relax the circuits they take antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.
Whew, I’m going to stop complaining. Now I feel lucky that my earworms are at the most, mildly irritating and often mildly entertaining. “This little light, er, vase, er, pitcher of mine . . . “