Driving Us Crazy

Waking up in the morning, often an unexpected song will pop into my mind. Sometimes it remains in my head most of the day, certainly in my head as my dog, Hercules, and I walk around the block each morning.

Such songs may be a popular (older) refrain, or it might be a gospel or country melody, or even a military march. No matter what I do, it stays with me.

Usually, there’s no particular reason for the song to be in my conscious mind, though a few times you can point to particular events as making the mind aware of it.

Does this happen to you? Do you have any idea why such songs appear?

Sometimes it’s the lyrics that are in my head, and before long, I may even be quietly singing to myself.

At other times, there may be no lyrics, but just the beat and cadence of a classical piece, or even military marches from my participation in parades in ROTC or even military days.

Usually, these songs brighten the day, arriving as they do without any particular reference. It doesn’t even have to be a song that I especially like, but for some reason, it’s in the brain and going to stay there for a while.

It’s not a bad feeling, though you do wonder what made your mind find that song on that day. These songs are not unlike a dream, for who knows how your mind works at night? No, there’s not an obvious tie to any dream that particular night and the songs that pop into the mind each morning. They are just there.

All this caused me to write down for about two months the song that was in my mind that day. Note that it doesn’t happen each day, and that I can’t predict when a song might be within my brain. Here is a recent list. Note that all these are not titles, but sometimes the key words of a song:

Day 1:  Across the Alley from the Alamo
Day 2:  We’ll Soon be Done with Troubles and Trials
Day 4:  Serving Jesus with a Smile
Day 6:  Hark the Herald Angel Sings
Day 8:  Folsom Prison Blues
Day 11: Don’t Fence Me In
Day 12: St. Louis Blues
Day 13: It’s a Small World
Day 14: Your Cheating Heart
Day 15: some unidentified military march
Day 22: Loch Lomond
Day 23: Marine Corps Hymn
Day 25: Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Day 26: Whispering Hope
Day 28: unknown ballerina or waltz music
Day 29: 877 Cash Now commercial
Day 31: Roses are Red, My Love, Violets Are Blue
Day 33: Mister Sandman
Day 34: Didn’t We?
Day 35: Hark the Herald Angel Sing
Day 40: Second Hand Rose
Day 45: Jingle Bells (slow version)
Day 47: I Love to Tell the Story (after friend’s memorial service)
Day 48: Wait for Me, Mary
Day 49: When You Wore a Tulip
Day 52: Lullaby, and Good Night
Day 54: Singing in the Rain
Day 56: I Love To Tell the Story
Day 62: Galway Bay
Day 65: Some Viennese Waltz

Now that I’ve opened up my morning mind to you, who’s going to offer an explanation, or even tell us about what is in your head in early morning?

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Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack is a native Georgian and veteran newspaperman. He published the weekly Wayne County Press for 12 years; was for 13 years the vice president and general manager of Gwinnett Daily News, and for 13 years was associate publisher of the Gwinnett section of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He now publishes, in retirement, Web sites on Gwinnett County, http://www.gwinnettforum.com, and Georgia news, http://www.georgiaclips.com.

One Comment
  1. When I have something to write in the morning, it’s because the brain tells me so. That’s why I think of my brain as a separate, autonomous entity, which sometimes has good ideas and sometimes not. I think I can tell after I write them down.
    I agree it has nothing to do with dreaming, but, after asking a couple of people, it seems there are some who aren’t aware of either dreaming or their brains thinking. Such people also do not have conversations with themselves to tease out difficult problems or prepare for a public presentation. I think they don’t think.
    “I think, therefor I am” does not seem to be a universal truth.

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