Hi! I’m Kim Fielding. I had a song stuck in my head almost all day today: “Blue Bayou.” I know why. Yesterday Starbucks was playing the Linda Ronstadt version while I was enjoying my grande cool lime refresher and my pumpkin cream cheese muffin. As earworms go, it wasn’t too awful, although I don’t know many of the words, which meant I was mostly just humming it in my head. La la la la la and the fishing boats la la la la la la…. I’ve had worse. A certain toxic Disney song comes to mind, for instance.
It turns out that scientists have spent a fair amount of time studying earworms. According to Wikipedia, earworms are most common among musicians and people with OCD. Unlike my kind host, Jamie, I am not a musician. I can’t play any instruments and can’t carry a tune. And I don’t have OCD, although I do tend toward the slightly obsessive/compulsive end of things.
I often wake up with an earworm, which makes me wonder if I was dreaming about a particular song. Sometimes I have no clue what triggered a particular song to play over and over in my brain, but other times, like today, I know where to place the blame. Bad Starbucks!
Are there particular songs that get lodged in your cranium?
Incidentally, none of this has anything to do with my new releases—of which there are FIVE! Except maybe to demonstrate that I have a busy head, and maybe I am a teeny bit compulsive after all. And today I’m kicking off a Fieldingpalooza blog tour with lots of posts and prizes! It lasts the entire month of October. Thanks for joining me to start things off!
Kim’s new releases:
Bone Dry—book 3 in the Bones series—releases October 10—available now for preorder!
Brute—French translation!—releases October 7—available now for preorder!
Standby—in the Stranded anthology—releases October 10—available now for preorder!
The Dance—in the Bones anthology (Gothika vol. 2)—releases October 27—available now for preorder!
The Festivus Miracle—releases November 1—all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders—available now for preorder!
For more details on Kim’s books, as well as some free stories, visit her at http://kfieldingwrites.com/ . You can also follow her in Twitter @KFieldingWrites and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites .
7 responses to “Guest blog by Kim Fielding: Earworms!”
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Hi Kim, Congrats on your upcoming new releases!
Ronstadt’s Blue Bayou is a pretty great longing vocal and song to have as an earworm. Once you get Linda in your head and heart it sticks. My Dad’s not so secret crush.
🙂 I do like that song. And I loved her in Pirates of Penzance, which was my younger daughter’s favorite movie when she was 2.
Four new Kim Fielding stories to look forward to:-)
I’m one of those people (like R. Crumb, apparently) who can’t function when a song I hate turns up in a grocery store or something, so those commercials with earworms drive me insane. (I don’t want to mention them…ack, too late, the revamped version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is playing in my head already now, dingdang it. Sigh!)