Day 26 – a song that is an earworm

The theme from a 70s film I’ve never seen, the chorus of Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” is the kind of groove that you don’t care how much of an earworm it is.

The earworm is a metaphor with some interesting assumptions—the self as an independent realm which is invaded or parasitised by a form of musical automatism. A less uptight psychology of music might see indwelling tunes as part of an internal ecology—the sonobiome, if you will—in which all sounds, “musical” or otherwise, are eternally recycled and regenerated.

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