You work your way into my brain,
Burrowing deep through the ear
Worming your way into canals
Hitting synapses like piano keys
Firing up memories
From too long ago.
There is a Co-op advert on the TV at the moment and the song that accompanies it is a new version of The Only Way Is Up which was originally a hit in the 80s for Yazz. I heard this song over and over when I was in bed, feeling sorry for myself after my ultra run and now it hits a nerve every time I hear it.
It’s amazing that when a song works its way into your head, especially during an emotionally charged moment, it lights up the brain like a firework every time you hear it afterwards.
This is a real problem if you do long events as an earworm can end up rattling around your brain for up to 30 hours. Imagine that. Thirty hours of a song, and you can normally only remember the chorus, so it can get quite annoying.
On my last event I had Oh Happy Day playing on repeat, and I am still too scared to play that song at the moment as I think that I have a minor form of PTSD.
And, these songs can still be recalled years after the event. When I swam the Channel in 2013, I had Emile Sande ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ rattling around my head. That was 9 years ago and I still associate that song with the 14 hours that I spent in the pain cave that day.
Do other people have earworms that they will remember for a lifetime?
One thought on “you’re my favourite earworm”
That’s the thing about music, Rachel (or it is for me). We have a certain connection to a song, and it always hits us at a visceral level. It’s a different song (or artist) for each of us, but I think we all have one.