I've got a song stuck in my head, going round and around. It's bad enough at the best of times when that happens, but at least you can usually dislodge it by seeking it out on iTunes or youTube and then playing it a million times. This isn't the best of times. I can't do that in this case; I heard the song in a dream the other night, so it (probably) doesn't exist.

So I'm a bit stumped. The song was accompanied by a video; a punk singer with a green mohican stumbling around a derelict room as he sung. I can't remember the bulk of the lyrics but it seemed to be a bit of a list of words, six two-syllable words to be precise, something like:

"Outside, inside / Upside, downside / Onside, offside"
At which point he'd open a wooden hatch in the wall and lean through into the wall cavity. The next words I remember exactly:
"Ooh, that's a bit hot"
And off he'd go again. The chorus was something like:
"That's a bit hot! That's a bit hot! That's a bit hot!"
Hardly high art, but then what can you expect from my subconscious? Hopefully the act of having blogged it will have expunged it from my head, so apologies if this has been rather dull. But if it hasn't worked I'm going to have to actually write the song.

Odd how some bits of dreams stick in your mind though whereas others, as discussed in previous entries, evaporate. I wonder if this is related to the way some songs stick in your head? I like the term for such songs, Earworm from the German Ohrwurm. There is an article about earworms on Wikipedia but it's not very long. If I'm going to find out more I'm going to have to dig a little deeper. I'll get back to you - by its very nature this morning blog is supposed to be off the cuff; anything requiring real research will take a little longer. But I think earworms require further investigation.

Warning! Metablog content to follow. I am at home today, so this entry is by necessity a little later than on a normal weekday, sorry. However, I am pleased that I've managed to keep it up on a daily basis thus far; nearly a month. It has definitely become an official habit burned into the neural pathways of my brain. I might take advantage of this compulsion with respect to finishing my novel - so the blog entries may become every two days. On the days off I'll be chronicling Genie's Adventures in Underland.

But not quite yet. I've got earworms to hunt.

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  1. paul  

    "Outside, inside / Upside, downside / Onside, offside"
    At which point he'd open a wooden hatch in the wall and lean through into the wall cavity. The next words I remember exactly:
    "Ooh, that's a bit hot"
    And off he'd go again. The chorus was something like:
    "That's a bit hot! That's a bit hot! That's a bit hot!"



    Wrote this nonsense on 22/8/09 to accompany a new tune I made up at home and recorded badly with the help of garage band. The words were made up on the spot and could be a lot better. I was surprised to see some lyrical similarities to the song in the dream!!!!!

    Also had a crack at it with me fellow Foundlings at the last rehearsal on 2/9/09, 2 takes were demoed for future reference, it has the working title of stitch and contains some of the word mentioned in the song from the dream! THESE LYRICS ARE PRETTY AWFUL and are complete nonsense, but I found the similarities interesting, I think the song in the dream is probably much better. 4 or 5 words are the same.

    STITCH (chords F, C & D)

    OFF YOU GO
    UP TO UP TO
    ON YOU GO
    SET TO, SET TO

    ONSIDE INSIDE
    TURN ON TURN OUT
    UPSIDE DOWNSIDE
    TURN FROM, TURN FROM

    IN TO, IN TO
    SWITCH THROUGH
    STITCH TO

    COME ON COME OFF
    SOLIST STEP TO STEP
    FRONT STEP BACK STEP
    REST THROUGH, RUN TOO

    SO ON AND ON
    FLIT THROUGH SIFT THROUGH

    GO ON AND ON
    SIT THROUGH
    STAND STILL TO

    ARE YOU OFF OR SWITCHED ON
    ARE YOU PROTON OR ELECTRON

    IS IT IS OR IS IT NOT
    OR ANOTHER SIMMERING HOT SHOT
    LET'S HAVE ANOTHER RUN THROUGH.

    PS, I did say it was pretty awful!

  2. Chris  

    That's weird. I wonder if the rehearsal room looks like the derelict room in the dream?

    Interested to hear your song now...

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