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  • Ever had a song stuck in your head for no reason at all? Maybe it was a song that you recently heard, or maybe you saw or read something that triggered it off. It could even be a jingle from an advertisement.
    A new study calls it the 'earworm' effect. This could be due to stress, memories or something in your environment said researchers at Goldsmith's College, London. Hmmm... I can just imagine a worm in someone's ear buzzing sporadically at different times, leading one to start humming a tune or bursting into song.
    Long ago, when I was working for a publishing house, I remember a day when a colleague kept singing a jingle. Fnally I got tired of listening to it and blurted out, "Why are you singing this stupid song?" She replied "But you were singing it earlier." It was then I realised that I had been singing it earlier and ddn't realise it. Guess it was the earworm effect.
    For me, different moods bring dfferent songs to mind. During the monsoons I frequently play 'Rhythm of the Rain' by The Cascades. When I want to be far away and by myself I remember 'I'll follow the Sun' a Beatles number. And when my heart's full of love it is 'Annie's Song' by John Denver.

    You fill up my senses
    Like a night in a forest
    Like a mountain in springtime
    Like a walk in the rain
    Like a storm in the desert
    Like a sleepy blue ocean
    You fill up my senses
    Come fill me again

    Tell me, what are the songs that get trapped in your head?
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