Archive for Songwriting Science

Earworm – Getting Songs Stuck In the Mind

May 22nd, 2014 by

An earworm is best described as a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. There are several phases describing an earworm.  These descriptions include…

  • musical imagery repetition,
  • involuntary musical imagery, and
  • stuck song syndrome.

Musicians and people with OCD most commonly suffer from earworm attacks. An earworm involves a small portion of a song, a hook. That auditory portion is equal to the memory capacity of the victim’s auditory short-term memory. (more…)

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    Breaking down other musicians to make yourself feel better will only do two things. 1) Isolate yourself from being able to possibly learn from them (Just about every band has at least one good thing about them.) 2) Every time you break down another musician, it will make it easier to do it again. This could eventually lead you to become that one bitter guy that no one likes to hang with. If you’re a musician you should be writing music because you love to write music. So stop comparing other people. See if you can learn something and move on. You owe it to yourself to not let your ego get in the way.