Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My life has a soundtrack.

I want to know how many songs go through my head on any given day. Like, really. Sunday morning, I was in church and within a span of 5 minutes, I counted ten songs that had popped into my head, based of some random comment within the sermon. Ten. In 5 minutes. That's two songs per minute. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. That's a lot of songs.

The simplest phrases can trigger it. If something I hear is remotely related to a song lyric or song title, my brain will immediately start playing that song. You say the word "down" in pretty much any sentence, and I will almost always hear, "Baby, are you down, down, down, down, down?" in my head. Or if I'm driving and someone tells me to take a left, the first thing that goes through my mind is, "To the left, to the left, everything you own in a box to the left..." Or maybe if you tell me to "hold on a second," I hear Jack's Mannequin singing, "So hang on, it's gonna be a hard day. So hang on, don't panic, don't panic; there really is no need..." 

It's crazy, really. It doesn't even have to be based off of something that I hear--even things I see can (and often do) trigger this little playlist in my brain. You know that instrument song? There's a scene in You've Got Mail (which I watched a few days ago) where they sing it. This scene, to be exact:

Well, today, I was in the living room with my family, and I happened to see a clarinet on TV. It wasn't even significant; it was some random guy in the background. But what was my immediate first thought? "The clarinet, the clarinet..."

Or that time this summer when it thundered outside, and without even thinking, I started singing, "Today is a winding road that's taking me to places that I didn't want to go..." (which is, if you aren't aware, the opening line to the song "Thunder" by Boys Like Girls).

And reading! There is no telling how many songs go through my head then. Today, I was reading a book that had to do with the frontier and such, and it mentioned a "one-horse town." Well, after seeing that, I had "Fearless" by Taylor Swift stuck in my head for awhile ("...In this one-horse town, I wanna stay right here...").

I guess this is what I get for being so musically-minded. To look on the bright side, it's kinda like having a soundtrack to my life. Granted, I'd prefer said soundtrack to not include commercial jingles, but nothing's perfect, right?

* I just realized my roommate did a post sorta similar to this last year...oops.
** I also just realized that my last three posts (including this one) have been strictly about music. The past eleven have included music in some way, shape, or form. Ummm...