Author: Autumn
•4/17/2011 11:20:00 PM
I think I have too many songs in my head. Do you want to know why? Because everything reminds of a song. EVERYTHING. Give me pretty much any phrase, any sentence, any word even and I will be reminded of a song title or lyric. I waited tables on and off for about 10 years. And EVERY SINGLE TIME someone ordered a Bloody Mary, the song "Bloody Mary" from South Pacific would run through my mind. Every time. For 10 years. Yeah.

I was talking to my coworker about this today because the problem keeps popping up when I read. I am in a readers' advisory class right now, so I have had to set aside all my YA to-be-read books and force myself back onto a diet of more adult fare. Blurgh. Every week is a different genre, and I am very ready for it to be over.

For historical fiction I read a book called Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg. The song, "Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)" or just "Dream" was stuck in my head all stinkin' week. I sang it constantly, pretty much anytime I thought about the book, mentioned the book or opened the book. It was not a completely horrible week because I really like the song, written in 1944 by Johnny Mercer. The only version I own is sung by Michael Bublé, and he does a good job with it. But I could not get it out of my head for the life of me.

For horror I read a book called Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin (and Charlotte Brontë). Which yes, takes the classic story of Jane Eyre and throws in vampires, zombies and a werewolf. You thought Rochester's wife was crazy before, just imagine how she is with more fur and sharper teeth. The main story is still the same, and all week long I had little desire to listen to anything else beside the Jane Eyre original Broadway cast recording from 2000. Which conveniently has my vocal soul mate singing Rochester. I love this musical a lot, and it was actually my first introduction to the story. I listened to at least part of the soundtrack every day while I read the book.

For nonfiction next week I just started reading Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (thanks Becky!). Vowell goes around the country researching the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley and Garfield. Part of that, is seeing the musical Assassins by Stephen Sondheim. A musical I already love. I own the 1991 original off-Broadway cast album AND the 2004 Broadway revival. The songs were running through my head all day at work as I started the book. I know I won't be able to listen to much else this week. In fact, I am listening to "Something Just Broke" from the revival as I write this. Great song. It might be a strange topic for a musical, but those are the ones I love the most.

This is my curse. I know too many songs; I have too impressionable a brain. Is this just me? Are there other people who share any of my neuroses? Anyone? Bueller?
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On April 18, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Katie said...

Oh my goodness I do that ALL THE TIME. Not so much with Broadway, but any other songs I know, or at least know 3 words to. When my computer turns on, the chord reminds me of the opening chord to Live and Let Die, so I get that in my head for hours.

I've not heard of Jane Slayre, but I'm super excited about it.