Paul Maden

Trophy Designer and Software Engineer

Why am I falling apart?

Hello, my name is Paul and I get earworms. You know, songs that stick in your head.

(Hi Paul!)

Not just any old earworm, but songs I really have no business liking, or even listening to. Take this one for example…

Yesterday, I awoke back in December 1984, suffering the wailings of Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson’s duet ‘I Know Him So Well‘.

Now those among you who also suffer from earworms will know this, but the problem is that you don’t hear the whole song going round in your head, but just a small part, maybe a few seconds, on a permanent loop. In this case, just the line “Why am I falling apart?”.

As you know, the best way to get rid of an earworm is to replace it with another, usually I try Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’. Coincidentally another song from 1984, hmm, was there something in the water?
Sadly this one was just too pervasive and I couldn’t shake it for a whole three hours. Congratulations 1980’s peoples, your songs are dated but irritatingly catchy.

Addendum, next day…

Alas, my Chess musical nightmare continues. This morning I awoke once again to the same song, with the single word “Security” going round and round and round. How on earth to rid myself of this? Hmm, think fast. I know, in Star Trek, Captain Picard shouts “Security” a lot, think of Worf. Nope, that didn’t work, because now they are the ones singing the line. Damn, damn! Oh, when will this nightmare end!