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March 24, 2012

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Avis

Just about anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber, judging by how long the songs from Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera are in my head when I wake up. Also the Frito Bandito song.

Someone said that The Girl from Ipanema will kill any earworm. But I hate that song!

Elaine Viets

Avis, you are so right. I just hope you haven't awakened any sleeping earworms in my mind.

Deb Romano

I'm not even going to identify my worst ear worm because I'm afraid it will haunt me for the rest of the day! (And I don't want to inflict it on anyone else!) All I will say is that it's a jingle from a radio commercial. My problem is that I remember the whole darn thing...and sing it to myself over and over and over...I now turn off the radio when it comes on but that doesn't always help.

Elaine Viets

It wouldn't have anything to do with double good double mint gum, would it, Deb?

Karen in Ohio

If an earworm plagues me I listen to soothing classical or atonal music, especially right before bed. It is impossible to think of two tunes at once, at least for me, and the earworm goes away.

Elaine Viets

But Karen, I've had the dah-dah-dah-DAH of Beethoven's 9th stuck in my head for days.
Oh. Wait. You said "soothing classical."

Sandi

My most challenging earworm was a single line from Chip's Lament in the musical "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." The line? "My unfortunate erection."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9VDNcPG_TM
I was caught singing this under my breath several times.

Deb Romano

Gee, Elaine, now you've given me ANOTHER ear worm!!

Nope,it wasn't the one you mentioned. It's a commercial for a charitable organization. I don't know whether or not it's a local organization. You may be fortunate enough to never have to listen to it. One time when I was at the laundromat, the commercial came on over the radio, and another customer and I looked at each other and we both rolled our eyes. It was a relief to know that I'm not the only one who can't stand that jingle!

Then there are the ones I hear only at the gym, probably because they all tend to be songs I would never willingly choose to listen to. Some of them stay with me for DAYS no matter what I try to listen to to replace it in my head!

Karen in Ohio

Ha, Elaine, that's funnier than you know. When I was in the insurance business in the late 70's, early 80's, the last four digits of our phone number where 6664, which is the dah-dah-dah-DAH of Beethoven's 9th. Every time I called the office it gave me the earworm.

Elaine Viets

Funny song, Sandi, but I don't think that one will become an earworm. Relieved to know I've escaped your jingle, Deb. Very high class earworm, Karen.

Marcia Talley

My husband, the musician, once pointed out to our children who were riding in the backseat on the way home to MD from Disney World, that "Its a Small World After All" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" can be sung together, like a round. It is amazing that I didn't divorce him on the spot, claiming mental cruelty.

Marcia Talley

Gosh, Sandi, I thought you said "unfortunate election." ;-)

Elaine Viets

Arghh, Marcia! Two earworms. I'm sure I will spend a long time in purgatory for all those "99 bottles of beer on the walls" I inflicted on poor school bus drivers.

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