Wondering about wild grapes

Friday, October 22, 2010

Songs in my Head or Not

Ben was saying one day on his blog that he had a song stuck in his head. Well, I have had one stuck in mine since yesterday. A friend of mine wrote me an email yesterday saying that when he gets enough sleep (and probably feels real good) he breaks out in the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”. Now I have that song playing over and over in my head. It was playing up until I fell asleep last night and was playing when I woke up this morning and it is still playing. In fact, I feel like singing it now. Not a bad song to have playing in your head. Most Disney songs are very likeable and this one is way up on top.

Now, what I am wondering is why some songs stick in you head and others don’t. Sometimes I hear a song that I really like and want to remember it. But by the time I go pick up my guitar to work that song out; it disappears out of my head. Yeh, don’t remind me that at my age my short term memory is not all that good. Now, what was I saying???

You do know that music (singing) and profanity is dedicated to one side of your head and speech to the other, don’t you? I learned that as a small boy. I had two relatives that had severe head injuries. My Grandmother’s brother-in-law (what relation would he be to me?) worked on the rail road back in the steam engine days. Yep, I am that old, I remember steam engines.

On some coal tenders there was a small compartment or shelter called a “dog house” where a man could get out of the cold wind. Well, this fellow was getting out of the one of those. He stood up and turned around to the front just as a low bridge was coming up and it hit him high on the forehead. He survived but there was a big step in his forehead, big enough to lay your hand in. That amazed me.

Then my Dad’s brother-in-law (my uncle) had a similar accident (I don’t remember the details) that knocked a teacup full of brains out of the side of his head. It took him some time to be able to talk good enough to be understood, but boy could he swear!!

Look at Mel Tillis, he can sing just fine, but when he tries to talk, he stutters. Speech is on one side of the brain and music is on the other.

Now, how did I get off on this subject???


  1. sending u email to get that song gone,,,lol

  2. I have the same problem about remembering a song long enough to get to my guitar. It seems to never fail that I forget it by the time I sit down and try to work on it! I thought it was just me... glad to know I'm in good company.

  3. Trouble, will be waiting for the email.

    Barney, Thank you for your kind words.

    SciFi, Yep, you are not alone, but maybe it is going to far to say that you are in "good" company. :0)

  4. All the songs that ever bounce around in my head are songs I HATE! I hate it when that happens.

  5. David, I know what you mean. That also happens to me.

  6. I used to have songs roaming around in what passed for my brain, Till my stroke, now sadly they are gone. In fact it's real hard now for me to tell you the name of a song playing on the radio. I often hear one I want to remember to tag on the blog, but by the time I am home, it's gone. :-(

  7. Well Ben, at least you have an excuse, unlike some of the rest of us. We just plumb forget, age related memory thing, I guess.