Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Hips Don't Lie

Awhile back, Winston from Nobody Asked wrote a blog on earworms. At the time I wasn't having a lot of problems with this phenomena although I recalled times I had; but then along came 'Hips don't Lie' by Shakira and her VMA performance on UTube, and I can't get it out of my head.

In case you aren't familiar with earworms and don't like links, earworms are when a song plays over and over again in your head. Sometimes you can get rid of it by introducing an equally powerful counter melody; but often when suffering a real earworm problem, you will quickly revert back to... oh baby when you talk like that, you make a woman go mad... uhmmm where was I?

Winston asked how his readers deal with it when this problem strikes. I am dealing with it by yielding and playing the actual song and video frequently on the computer and hoping it soon becomes too much. I tried to buy the CD, but my store was out. Could it be this is an epidemic?

Unfortunately for me the problem is spreading, and it's not enough to listen to it. It inflicted me with a need to photograph myself listening to it to see if I
could capture with camera the feeling the song was engendering. Then it led to my wanting to dance to it. Dancing to it is where I am now-- several times a day. The dancing might be good exercise if it doesn't throw my back out that is.

This is me listening to it . There will be no pictures of me dancing to it as I would not like to be responsible for injuries caused by readers falling off their computer chairs in laughter. However if you have not heard this song or seen her dancing yet, here is the UTube link... be forewarned-- this song is potentially addictive-- Hips Don't Lie

11 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh my gosh LOL, Rain, I laughed when I read your article but then listened to the song. I have heard it before and it has such a catchy tune and words...well, we'll leave it there. I really enjoyed this one :)

Dick said...

Wow, you dance like that? It is a good one that I've not heard before. When I get a jingle stuck in my head (ears) it usually seems to be some darn advertisement! This would be better than an ad.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I've heard this one before Rain...I've seen her dance it too. OUCH! I wouldn't even attempt it without a team of paramedics nearby. I think it's great you're dancing to it...just be careful...some of those moves are lethal.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I've never heard that expression before---Earworms...I have them alkl the time and happily so, So I wouldn't call them earworms because 'worms; has a rather negative conotation...like ICK!!! (lol)

I LOVE that picture of you litening to that song....you look absolutely blissfully happy!

Winston said...

Oh, you got it bad, baby, and that ain't good...

It might be overkill, but try some Air Supply, or better yet, Peaches and Herb...

Rhea said...

'Earworms' is a new term for me. I always like to learn stuff like that, so thanks!

Mary Lou said...

I wont go to that link, as I am very suceptible to earworms. I have them running through my head all the time. If it isnt a catchy jingle from an ad it is the call letters to a radio station, or a Christmas Carole right out of the blue. I know NO quiet!

Ingineer66 said...

I laughed out loud when I read your story and that photo is perfect to go with the song.

robin andrea said...

I am not going to the link either. I am highly susceptible to catchy tunes, and I don't need a new one in my head. Great photograph. You do look like you are quite enjoying what you hear.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I've never heard that term ear worms describing a tune going non-stop in your head. It makes it sound less pathological and more like an invasion of something unwanted and horrible. But, I'd never heard or seen this song--very provocative. How I wish I could dance like that--or that I looked like that. I do have broad hips, but unfortunately I no longer have a waist. But, I did once! You go girl!

Brigitte said...

Wow, you're looking great! If this is what the song makes to me, making you beautiful AND happy, then it's a very good song indeed!
By the way, the term "earworm" is a very familiar one in German. Here it's "Ohrwurm"