Two days ago I made the mistake of listening to ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and now I can’t get it out of my head. https://youtu.be/DhFy4qZ0ah8. Earworms https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Earworms are tunes that stick. Research shows that songs get triggered by association and that if you were having a stressful time when you first hear that song it is more likely to remain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17105759
My main question now, is how can I stop the song going round and round? Scientist have found that the best way is to follow these 5 steps.
1 Identify the song
2 Find a complete version of the song.
3 Totally immerse yourself in the song. Give it all your attention, if you get distracted at this point, warning if might permanently imprint on you.
4 Engage in a mental task like doing a Sudoka. Again totally concentrate on the task.
5 Select another song that you like and that is “catchy”http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/the-top-10-catchiest-songs-of-all-time-according-to-science/ and play over and over again. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-who-stray/201505/5-steps-finally-get-song-out-your-head
Listen to the song you are most likely to get hooked on and then free write. Or if you have a song going round in your head already, free write.(15-20 minutes).
Write a list of 10 songs and write 3 things they remind you of.(15-20 minutes).
Earworms are actually real worms. Free write.(15-20 minutes).
Write a poem about a song that is stuck in your head.(15-20 minutes).