Speedwork Earworm

An earworm is a piece of music that sticks in one’s mind so that one seems to hear it, even when it is not being played. Other phrases used to describe this include musical imagery repetition and involuntary musical imagery. The phenomenon is common in normal life and so may be distinguished from brain damage which results in palinacousis. From Wikipedia

I’m no stranger to the ear worm phenomenon, I can’t recall a day going by where I haven’t had a song of some sort going through my head.  Sometimes it gets so bad that I’ll wake up singing the song from the day before like there had been no interruption at all (OCD much?).  Most of the time it’s not a problem but every once in a while you’ll end up with a song that irritates the crap out of you, and it ends up so deeply embedded that you’ll consider exploratory brain surgery with a drill and salad tongs just to purge the cursed tune…think of the infamous RickRoll

For some reason I had the chorus of the song embedded below, (not Rick Astley) repeating in my head during Monday’s speedwork session.  Every time I started an interval, that peppy snare drum roll would pop, and I’d find myself bobbing along in time with the beat.  Then, once the interval was done the song would slip away, especially when conversion ensued…but when we started running again, the snare drum roll would pop back up and I was right back where I started.

So, without further adieu; as my gift (or mental prison sentence) to you dear readers, may I present: Modern Art by the Black Lips

What about you?  Do you have a tune repeating in your head?  Right now?  What is it?  Let me know what it is in the comments below.

Have a good one kids


About 51feetunder

Running & Fitness, Rock Climbing & Outdoor Activities, Photography & Rock & Roll.

Posted on February 22, 2012, in Music, Speed Work, training, Video and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. haha funny you asked…all morning I’ve had Hip Hop Horray by Naughty by Nature…yes very random, no I do not listen to this song on a regular basis. It’s always the most random songs I get stuck in my head! I like this one though! Probably be stuck in my head the rest of the evening…thank you for that! 🙂

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