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What do you guys do when a tune has been churning around for several weeks in your brain, with not indications that it is going to leave anytime soon? I hum it when I go to work, I hum it when I am making food, it is in my brain when I lay down to sleep... It is there all the time!
I had two traditional ways of handling such situations: Either play so much similar music that the one running around in my brain is drowned in the other stuff. Or, playing it so many times that I get sick of it: Oh no, not that one again! ... Sorry, neither trick has helped me this time.
It really doesn't matter which tune we are talking about, but if you are curious: This time it is William Albright: Burnt Fingers< a>[^] - maybe the most harmoniously complex ragtime tune ever made. Every time I listen to it, I enjoy all those nice twists and modulations. I have known the tune for years, but about a month ago I had to "defend" it for for a friend thinking that ragtime in general is harmoniously "primitive". To convince my friend, I really had to start listening closely to point out the details. After that, it stuck...
As far as earworms go, that's pretty damn good one!
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