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Like the words of a song I could not forget

An article I read in the Detroit Free Press (though, unfortunately, it doesn't appear in the Freep's online version) talks about earworms: songs and jingles that get stuck in your head and won't leave. The best thing about the article is that they went right to The Master for his opinion on the matter.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond says those repetitive notes that won't go away have spawned some of the greatest hits of his career.

"If I wasn't in the business of songwriting, I'd probably be seeing a doctor," Diamond said. "I've tried everything from cold showers to listening to other people's music, but nothing helps."

He added that most of his songs have come about as a result of a melodic swatch of six notes repeating in his mind. "I'll be driving or watching TV or having lunch, and it just invades," he said. "It's a horrible obsession, but it seems to have paid off."

That explains quite a bit, actually. I have been brainwashed by your hypnotic note-series. We love you and your hopelessly addictive songs, Neilarooni.

srah - Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 4:14 PM

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Comments (6)

gravatar katie - August 22, 2003 - 8:15 AM -

Neilarooni? Like Kraft Cheesy Neilarooni?

gravatar katie - August 22, 2003 - 8:17 AM -

Neilarooni? Like Kraft Cheesy Neilarooni?

gravatar katie - August 22, 2003 - 8:17 AM -


gravatar jday - August 22, 2003 - 8:18 AM -

I think I liked the first title of this post better...

gravatar srah - August 22, 2003 - 9:26 AM -

Shush, you.

If anyone's curious, it was "Song Sung Till I Turn Blue". This one is a quote from "Desire".

gravatar srah - August 22, 2003 - 10:26 AM -

Another good one would have been "I got a song played on my mind and the tune can be sung and the words all rhyme" (Crunchy Granola Suite). I hate having to choose.

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