I wake up just about everyday with a song in my head; most of the time it’s a gospel song. For instance, today I woke up singing Kurt Carr’s, For Every Mountain, and just the other day it was Shirley Caesar’s, God Will Make A Way. But what about those random songs that make no sense at all? I mean, why would I wake up singing The Jam from Larry Graham? In particular that part where the sista says, “My name is C-H-O-C-L-A-T: Chocolate!” Ugh!
On the spiritual side, I know God tells me in Ephesians 5:19 that I should “sing and make music from my heart” to the Lord. I also know that the word says in Psalm 119:11 that I have hidden “His word in my heart” that I might not sin against Him. But what about the random crazy stuff? You know I had to research this right? This is from The Daily Mail in the UK… turns out, I’m not alone … and neither are you:
Got a tune stuck in your head? Stress, memories and triggers in everyday life are responsible, researchers claim
Ever wondered why a song can get stuck in your head for hours or even days?
Now experts say the likelihood of getting an ‘earworm’ – the term for having a song in your head – is not just down to how catchy the tune is. Stress, memories and triggers in your environment can all play a part.
Dr Vicky Williamson, a music psychologist at Goldsmith’s College, London, has collected more than 2,500 ‘earworm experiences’ while working with BBC 6 Music through her website earwormery.com. That included one woman who hears the same song – Nathan Jones, by Bananarama – at stressful events like her wedding and childbirth, after first hearing it when she had an exam aged 16.
But it is not just stress which can cause a song to get stuck. Dr Williamson’s own earworm experience was triggered by seeing a shoebox from the shop Faith in her office, causing her to have George Michael’s song of the same name in her head for hours.
She added: ‘Because music can be encoded in so many ways, it’s what we call a ‘multi-sensory stimulus’.
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