You know what a velcro tune is, don’t you? One that sticks in your head and won’t let go. Often you don’t know why, or where it came from and time is wasted trying to figure it out. As you might guess. I have one running around in my head now. If you are old enough you might remember it.

“Blinded by the light – revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.”

It was Manfred Mann and his Earth Band. I remember everyone in the clinic I was working in at the time – all of us hip and slim and beaded and coiffed and up to the ears in 70’s fusion and light rock – trying to figure out what this guy was actually saying, not to mention what he might have meant, if anything. Here’s what it sort of sounded like:

No autographs, please.

This guy repeats that refrain five or six times five or six times in the song. Reading all the lyrics, I am tempted to think there is no message at all. I ran it through a universal translator ant it came back “No modern language can make any sense out of this submission.” No, I made that up. But no one in my recollection made any sense of it either.

The issue here is not what it means but how to get the damned song out of your head. Here’s where i think I can help those of you who wake up with some tune bouncing around in your brain and you don’t want it to do that.

Substitute another tune for it. Perhaps a nursery rhyme, or an obscure Susa march. Usually such a substitution will not hang on like a true velcro tune.

involve yourself in some activity that demands total consecration – like cleaning your chimney or sky diving or perhaps deep frying a turkey.

If all else fails – at least this seems to work for me – copious amounts of one’s preferred adult beverage has been known to erase all traces of meaningful melody from one’s mind.

If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to call. Standard rates apply.

JH

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