A while back (meaning anywhere from three months ago to last week- it all bleeds together these days), I listened to a radio lab episode that spent one of the segments talking about the sounds that appliances make in our houses, and how that sound has a profound impact on our lives. I wish I could find the episode, but basically they had a guy with a keen sense of tune who could tell you whether the hum of your fridge was a b-flat or a c-minor, and what that meant as far as your mood, etc., and how it impacted the way we behaved. One of the key takeaways was that modern life has human beings living in an audio nightmare- you may not actively notice it, but the hum and whizzes and whirs of modern appliances have a profound impact on our behavior and moods, and we are just not built to handle modern noise.
I can’t find the episode, but I know it was radiolab because I was driving to the grocery store on a Saturday, and turned the radio on specifically to hear the show (although I had no idea what the content would be). I’m to the point now that I always have the radio off when I drive alone, even when it is for hours. It’s my time without barking dogs or phone calls or whatever else to just listen to the road and think. Basically, I only run the radio when I am in the car when other people are there to keep them from initiating conversations or because there is a special show I want to hear (like radiolab).
At any rate, the reason I bring this up is because I have had the weirdest earworms the last week, and I simply can not figure out why I am getting them. Every morning I wake up, and another song is in my head, and more often than not they are songs I have not listened to or heard or even heard mentioned in years. For example, this morning, I woke with this in my head:
Yesterday it was this:
The day before, it was this (and yes, I am now writing them down every day):
And on Monday, it was this:
It goes on and on and on. There is nothing I was doing consciously the night before that would bring on these songs. I sleep with no music or tv or radio, so it isn’t like I heard something in the middle of the night and woke up to it. I was sitting at my desk earlier today and started singing Roxanne, and an hour later I was belting out Ethel Merman. So here is my question- is it possible that there is something involved with the appliances and the hums that is tonally similar to the songs we get as earworms?
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