Ever get a song caught in your head? I asked this question of some friends plus the one spouse I have here at home, and found this is a universal experience.
It’s also universally annoying.
The way it works for me is, a small portion of a song (what we used to call the hook when I was in radio) repeats and repeats and repeats. There’s no rhyme or reason or trigger that I can think of. It just happens.
Yesterday it was Gary Lewis and the Playboy’s immortal “Sure Gonna Miss Her.” All I got was the first seven seconds – the bridge to vocal. There’s a very nice Spanish guitar riff played twice in this little segment. That’s not enough to be a mitigating factor.
I’d like to know why this happens, but I wouldn’t even know how to get Google to spit out the truth. What do you search for?
Maybe more importantly, can it be stopped?