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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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I take Cymbalta as part of a migraine-prevention regimen. An interesting side effect of taking anti-depressants for me is that if I listen to music, it keeps playing in my head afterward. The best example is driving home from work, I'll be listening to the iPod in the car. Later in the evening I'll hear the same song, and I'll even wake up the next morning with it playing in my head. It's not obtrusive, and easily ignored. My guess is that the anti-depressant, most of which affect serotonin levels, have a minor effect on short-term memory.