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Ohrwurms td Sat Dec 23 19:16:39 2006
German has a clever term for music you can't get out of your head; Ohrwurm — literally ear worm. Most mornings when I wake up there's music playing in my head. This page logs my Ohrwurms. What am I thinking?!
Skin as Tender as Dimaggio's Glove. td Thu Apr 21 00:00:00 2005
Bloody Mary, from South Pacific. I think this was the first Broadway Musical I ever saw (maybe second, after Annie Get Your Gun), when I was about 10 years old. (At the O'Keefe Center in Toronto, not on Broadway.) The main thing I remember is sailors rowing across the stage on the turntable.
You can see how far? td Sun Apr 10 00:00:00 2005
The Who, I Can See For Miles, mashed up with Pink Floyd, Interstellar Overdrive.
I'm just roaming for the moment td Thu Apr 7 00:00:00 2005
Green Day, When I Come Arund, but it's a dub version (which I don't think exists outside my head). Definitely Sly & Robbie in the rhythm section.
The Sun went out just like a dying amber td Wed Apr 6 00:00:00 2005
September in the Rain, which is in a couple of Warner Bros cartoons, Swooner Crooner and Porky's Preview.
Lime and limpid green, the sound surrounds. td Tue Apr 5 00:00:00 2005
Pink Floyd, Astronomy Domine.
Throw away my bottle down the drain td Thu Mar 31 00:00:00 2005
Procol Harum, Whisky Train.
All night long td Fri Mar 25 00:00:00 2005
Howlin' Wolf, Wang Dang Doodle (in the Koko Taylor version.)
And usually it's too late when you realize what you had td Wed Mar 23 00:00:00 2005
38 Special, Hold On Loosely.
Neuro-surgeons scream for more at paranoia's poison door. td Tue Mar 22 00:00:00 2005
King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man.
You've got to keep it small. td Mon Mar 21 00:00:00 2005
Peter Gabriel, D.I.Y.
Hot Diggity td Sat Mar 19 00:00:00 2005
Emmanuel Chabrier, España, which Tim played in a joint Oakland Youth Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony performance last night. And which was the tune for the Pat Boone hit Hot Diggity!
You're not listnin' to all I say td Fri Mar 18 00:00:00 2005
Betty Everett, The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss). (But, according to Susan, It's In Something Else.)
But I think I've found that day td Thu Mar 17 00:00:00 2005
Malo, Suavecito. I know, it should be Danny Boy or something for St Patrick's Day, but you get what you get.
He's a complicated man td Wed Mar 16 00:00:00 2005
Isaac Hayes: Theme from Shaft. More people know Isaac Hayes for playing Chef on South Park than for playing B3 on Try A Little Tenderness -- what a world!
What good would a Stratocaster with a whammy bar do me? td Tue Mar 15 00:00:00 2005
Today it's a mashup of The Beach Boys' God Only Knows and Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage.
His heart was made of knotty pine. td Mon Mar 14 00:00:00 2005
Kawliga. I have two versions of this in my mp3 files, the Hank Williams original and a cover by The Residents.
California tumbles into the sea. td Mon Jun 7 00:00:00 2004
Steely Dan, My Old School.
I stood on this corner waiting for you to come along. td Sun Jun 6 00:00:00 2004
Don and Juan, What's your name.
They don't know what love is. td Mon May 31 00:00:00 2004
Randy Newman, You Can Leave Your Hat On.
Gonna take two weeks td Thu May 27 00:00:00 2004
Summertime Blues, for a second day.
He said, quote: td Wed May 26 00:00:00 2004
Eddie Cochrane, Summertime Blues, but covered many times, by Blue Cheer, The Who, Joan Jett and now Rush.
Don't look at me! I'm not your kind. td Tue May 25 00:00:00 2004
Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, after reading this item in Joe Zitt's weblog.
Like a whirlpool, it never ends. td Sun May 23 00:00:00 2004
Tommy Roe! Dizzy!
That road goes nowhere td Sat May 22 00:00:00 2004
Paul Revere and the Raiders, Kicks. (It was on the radio yesterday.)
I'm on a wavelength far from home td Thu May 20 00:00:00 2004
Wall of Voodoo, Mexican Radio.
Break my heart again. td Mon May 17 00:00:00 2004
The Beatles, I'll Be Back, again.
Even children get older td Sat May 15 00:00:00 2004
Fleetwood Mac, Landslide. (Susan heard a restaurant entertainer do this, and was telling me about it.)
I've been good, as good as I can be td Thu May 13 00:00:00 2004
The Beatles, again, this time Wait.
You could find better things to do. td Wed May 12 00:00:00 2004
The Beatles, I'll Be Back.
Try and imagine the window all covered in green td Tue May 11 00:00:00 2004
Frank Zappa, The Idiot Bastard son.
Nobody can do me no harm td Mon May 10 00:00:00 2004
The Beatles, Happiness is a warm gun.
What a Glorious Feelin' td Fri May 7 00:00:00 2004
Singin' In The Rain.
Let me take you down, 'cause You're happy when you're gray. td Tue May 4 00:00:00 2004
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Who Loves You, and concurrently, The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever.
On the edge of oblivion, all the world is Babylon td Fri Apr 30 00:00:00 2004
Wang Chung: Everybody Have Fun Tonight.
Twenty pounds of headlines stapled to his chest. td Thu Apr 29 00:00:00 2004
Bob Dylan, Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.
From you, I get the story. td Mon Apr 26 00:00:00 2004
The Who, We're Not Gonna Take It.
Ow! My Brain! td Fri Apr 23 00:00:00 2004
Today, it's a little quodlibet, comprised of
  • The March from Gustav Holst's First Suite in Eb for Military Band (heard at last nights Berkeley High School Spring Concert.)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile
  • Chris Isaak: Wicked Game
I went to the doctor guess what he told me td Wed Apr 21 00:00:00 2004
Prince/Sinead O'Conner: Nothing Compares 2 U
My brain hurt like a warehouse. td Tue Apr 20 00:00:00 2004
David Bowie, Five Years.
I want to be there. td Mon Apr 19 00:00:00 2004
God help me, it's Journey's Lights (which I know mainly from a KFRC promo from the early 1980's.)
I ain't no doctor with degree td Sun Apr 18 00:00:00 2004
Aretha Franklin, Think.
What's this? td Fri Apr 16 00:00:00 2004
Today we have a little two-bar phrase that decomposes (un-hockets?) into multiple voices in a bunch of ways. I think I was thinking about Steve Reich when this popped into my head.
        3/4 ||: FR LS xF | SR FS MR :||
1 12 123 1234 12345 1234 123 12 1 td Thu Apr 15 00:00:00 2004
The choral section of Einstein On The Beach whose whose words (and melody) are
     la do la do la do
     si re si re si re
     so si so si so si
     so do so do so do
Check out Guitar George he knows all the chords td Tue Apr 13 00:00:00 2004
Dire Straits' Sultans of Swing
Porque cantando se alegran td Mon Apr 12 00:00:00 2004
Last week's gap in this log reflects a trip to Guadalajara to visit Keelan, who is teaching English in Mexico for a year. We heard lot's of Mariachis while we were gone, but none that played Cielito Lindo, although several asked us if we wanted to hear it. In revenge, it's running through my head today.
A Birthday Song td Sun Apr 11 00:00:00 2004
It's Tim's birthday today, and appropriately (?), Leslie Gore's It's My Party is in my head. The link points at the Brian Ferry version, which I didn't know existed.
He'll always stand by you td Sat Apr 3 00:00:00 2004
Jesus Loves The Little Children, again.
Red and yellow, black and white,/All are precious in His sight td Fri Apr 2 00:00:00 2004
Jesus Loves The Little Children, a bible camp favorite. Really!
Zircon-encrusted td Thu Apr 1 00:00:00 2004
Frank Zappa, Montana.
With A Drum Solo td Wed Mar 31 00:00:00 2004
Caravan, by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Juan Tizol.
Original? td Tue Mar 30 00:00:00 2004
I have a little 8-bar phrase, in 3/4 time, looping (with variations.) I think it's my own invention. (Tempo about 1/4=180 or a little faster.)
  3/4 ||: S..... | ..F.M. | R.M.D. | R.l.D. | t..... | ...... | ls.... | ...... :||
Could We Have Kippers For Breakfast? td Mon Mar 29 00:00:00 2004
Supertramp's Breakfast In America.
Two To One td Sun Mar 28 00:00:00 2004
Jan Berry (of Jan and Dean) died on Friday, so his tunes were on my mind. So this morning I was running a medley of Surf City and Little Old Lady From Pasadena (and Surf's Up, which isn't one of his) in my head.
Through The Storm we Reach The Beer td Sat Mar 27 00:00:00 2004
A looping fragment of U2's With or Without You. Or maybe it's the Coors Light Wing Man jingle.
She Looked At Me With Big Brown Eyes td Fri Mar 26 00:00:00 2004
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Heard on The Bone on the way home yesterday, and still reverberating in my head this morning.
You Can't Stay Here td Thu Mar 25 00:00:00 2004
It's wretched Closing Time, again. Two days in a row.
I Know Who I Want To Take Me Home td Wed Mar 24 00:00:00 2004
Closing Time, by Semisonic, God help me.
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down. td Tue Mar 23 00:00:00 2004
Pennies From Heaven, by Arthur Johnson and John Burke. A #1 hit for Bing Crosby in 1936!
Flotation Is Groovy td Mon Mar 22 00:00:00 2004
Jimi Hendrix, Power of Soul.
Mother life, hold firmly on to me. td Sun Mar 21 00:00:00 2004
Yes, Starship Trooper.
I Want To Get Lost td Sat Mar 20 00:00:00 2004
Dobie Gray, Drift Away.
The Evil One Crept Up td Fri Mar 19 00:00:00 2004
Led Zeppelin, Ramble On.
Hey Now, Hey Now td Thu Mar 18 00:00:00 2004
Don't Dream It's Over by Neil Finn of Crowded House.
Fly Trans-love Airways, Gets You There on Time td Wed Mar 17 00:00:00 2004
Heaven knows why I'm thinking of Donovan's Fat Angel, which was apparently on a Jefferson Airplane live album.
What Ever Happened to Fae Wray? td Tue Mar 16 00:00:00 2004
I woke up in the middle of the night with the bass riff from When The Music's Over in my head, but this morning it's Rose Tint My World from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Nature's Way td Mon Mar 15 00:00:00 2004
Today it's Nature's Way by Randy California, from Spirit's Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus.
I Dig A Pony td Sun Mar 14 00:00:00 2004
One of my favorite Beatles tunes. I mentioned to Gino Robair last night that I liked a cover of this that I heard him do (with Jonathan Segel's Edgy not Antsy band), and lo and behold, here it is in my head this morning.
Two At One Blow td Sat Mar 13 00:00:00 2004
OK, so today was a weird one. I read a little of Steve Reich's Writings on Music before getting up, and then noticed that I had bits of Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and Donna Summer and Giorgio Morodor's I Feel Love running simultaneously.

They're roughly contemporaneous — Music for 18 Musicians is from 1976, I Feel Love from 1977, so I guess the fusion makes some sort of weird sense.
Mystery Minuet td Fri Mar 12 00:00:00 2004
Hmph. I expected this list to be an exercise in enumerating the vapid pop tunes that I wake up with, but today, on day two, I have a classical melody that I can't identify. It's a sort of Mozarty minuet. Here it is in a sort of proportional solfege notation:

	3/4 ||: D... s... ..D. | t..D R... ..D. | t..D R.s. l.t. | D..M D... ..xx :||
She's Gone td Thu Mar 11 00:00:00 2004
For two days running, it's been Darryl Hall and John Oates She's Gone, their first hit.