January 19, 2009


Literally: ear worm. What a great word. Thanks, Germany!

An ohrwurm is a song or jingle that you can't stop thinking of, over and over. 

On last week's ohrwurm hit parade was Dennis Pavao's version of Kimo Hula. Right now it's the Kalima Brothers version of Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi, which may or may not have been playing faintly in the background while we were driving and then *not* driving. 

This is not quite as spectacular as the first time I heard Al Green's Love and Happiness.

What's the antidote to the ohrwurm? There are two remedies popular in our circle: a) go ahead and listen to the offending song, and b) listen to the universal song supplanter, "Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant.

So far nothing's working. I'm stuck on the part of the song that goes "Wai anuenue e pipi 'o nei..."

Try for yourself, and let me know how it goes. 

What's the offending song, what's your local antidote, and what's the result?

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