October 26, 2008

The Swans Are Swimming

According to my beloved Wikipedia, an ear worm is the term for a portion of a song or other musical material that becomes stuck in a person's head or repeats against one's will. A synonym that is sometimes used for an ear worm is Last Song Syndrome, as in whatever song you heard last is the one that will be stuck in your head. This is particularly problematic if you live above someone who plays the guitar and blasts music at all hours of the day and night or if you work with people who like to sing/whistle/hum. When I lived above Ozzy, I could usually count on having either Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield or Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ embedded in my mind for days at a time. Even though I’m free of Ozzy, Journey still works its way into my psyche on a disturbingly regular basis. I think it’s that damn piano riff at the beginning that sucks me in and then I’m hooked and find myself belting out lyrics about taking the midnight train going an-y-where!



At my new workplace I seem to have stepped into a world of wannabe karaoke superstars… Actually, sometimes I don’t even think they’re aware they’re doing it. I am though because the songs they’re singing, humming, whistling or tapping out the tune to become lodged in my brain and I then I start singing them too. Or at least I do in my head. I am not a singer and with good reason.

I only worked with one of the guys for two weeks but he’s managed to stick with me for a month after leaving because he used to give a nightly serenade of Drive by The Cars. This was partly for practical reasons, as he’d use the song to ask who was going to give him a ride home at close and partly because it’s a wretched ear worm that demands to be repeated. You see, the lyrics ask “who’s gonna drive you home, tonight?” and he would simply change them to “who’s gonna drive me home, tonight?” I think those were the only lyrics he actually knew, although he would randomly throw in some other ones that may or may not have been made up, if he felt so inclined.



I’ve saved the best ear worm for last though. It’s an obnoxiously catchy song that has been permeating my workplace in the past week. As soon as one person starts it, it circulates at an alarming rate. And curse it though you may, (and you will definitely curse it) you’ll inevitably end up joining in. Just so that you’re not out of the loop, I’ve provided the lyrics for the chorus so you can sing along while you watch the video. Don’t say I didn’t warn you though, this song will be stuck in your head until an equally annoying one pushes it out. Without further ado, I give you Flo Rida with the song Ayer.

Oh hot damn, this is my jam
Keep me partying til the a.m.
Y’all don’t understand
Make me throw my hands in the ayer
In the ayer, ay-ayer, ayer, ay-ayer


Perhaps you’ve noticed that cream puff swans seem suspiciously out of place in a post about ear worms. Here’s the link: I was allowed to play around at work the other day and I made these swans while trying not to hum along to Flo Rida or Christmas tunes, (which also seem to be popular lately). Everything comes full circle.

19 comments:

Esi said...

Great, now I have "Don't Stop Believing" in my head. Lol, I don't mind though. The swans are adorable.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I believe in Swans swimming!

Manggy said...

Very elegant choux swans Brilynn! I wisely did not click on the videos. I don't want an ear worm, I get those all the time! That bit about Drive is funny, though. Would have been funnier if I haven't suffered through that song all my life (it frequently plays on the lite rock station by dad favors).

Snooky doodle said...

these are adorable :)

kat said...

At my old work it was Linger by the Cranberries, we actually made one girls computer play it every time she minimized a window...

Maria said...

Those are so stinking cute!

dessertobsessed said...

wow, your swan's amazing!

veron said...

What elegant swans - well done! Oh god - now I have those songs in my head!

Emiline said...

I can't believe she was drawing on the wall! A perfectly good wall, ruined! She needs to be driven home and punished.

Mrs. L said...

Dang you, I read this post and immediately thought of the WORST ear worm and now I can't get that stupid "It's a small World" Disney song out of my brain.....AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH.

Dana McCauley said...

Do you know Charmian Christie's blog? She's big into the puff pastry swans, too.

Peabody said...

My mother once volunteered me to make 1500 swan cream puffs for a party that her friend was having. To this day I hate them so. I will gladly eat them though...just wont ever make them. EVER again.

The Culinary Chase said...

7 swans a swimming?? Or is that for your upcoming Christmas posting? :) Lovely photo! Cheers!

thecoffeesnob said...

Those swans are so cute!

I love Journey's Don't Stop Believing- my boyfriend used (still does actually) to play it all the time when Arnel first joined Journey. I swear sometimes as i'm trying to fall asleep at night, i hear the opening lines of that song! :D

bren@flanboyanteats said...

Pat Benetar! Lov her! Flo rida--hilarious that u listen! and the swans are too cute.

Marvin said...

Ugh. I didn't even have to watch the Flo Rida clip and I still have that wretchedness stuck in my head. Thanks, thanks very much :(

Great job with the swans though;)

Michele said...

You are humming Christmas tunes already? :-)
The swans are beautiful!

creampuff said...

I remember making those swans in pastry class ... I say you fight back with some tunes of your own!

ChichaJo said...

Lovely swans! I'll be singing that song for the next week...oh my!