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23 Jun 2009, 9:34 pm

Music plays in my mind most of the time. And I think that is pretty common for most people (NTs included). I have heard a lot of people say, "I got a song stuck in my head." I believe that is the magic of music---it becomes a part of us. And like you fiddlerpianist, I am musical (and many on here are musical), so I think it is quite natural for us to here music. We know it's not really a band playing somewhere that we are hearing with our ears. We know that it is our imagination. We think all the time. So I don't think there is anything abnormal for us to hear these songs.

Wouldn't it be incredible if there was a machine that could hook up to our brains and record our thoughts. Think of the amazing compositions we could create. Think of the motion pictures we could make. I have heard that somewhere, they are working on a machine to record our dreams. That would be wild. Speaking of dreams, isn't it strange some of the dreams our mind generates? I have often wondered where such images could come from.


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23 Jun 2009, 10:34 pm

I sometimes hear music in my head, but not a song. It's like music I've never heard before. It's like when you have a ringing in your ears but then the noise turns into music. Ha, wish I was good at playing music so I could explain it a bit better to people.


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24 Jun 2009, 12:05 am

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Wouldn't it be incredible if there was a machine that could hook up to our brains and record our thoughts...

And the next post was by Pensieve... how amusing is that? :)


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24 Jun 2009, 12:31 am

constant constant constant.....



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24 Jun 2009, 7:19 am

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I have the same problem with the music playing in my head. It is almost constantly playing in my head over and over again and it freaks me out and makes me nervous because I can never be 100% ''there'' socially and mentally. If I listen to music while doing something, I can focus a lot better because I am not ''carrying over'' something I heard previously and trying to create more overwhelming stimuli. When I'm not stressed, I don't usually hear music in my head.

I'm like you in that playing music in headphones while I'm working, makes it easier for me to focus on what I am trying accomplish, or at least on most tasks. However, music playing in my head doesn't stress me out. It's like it happens in a separate process, and I can enjoy it, or I can ignore it. If I don't like, or am tired of the umpteenth repetition of something, I will intentionally play other music on top of what is stuck until the stuck song stops repeating. It works for me anyway. The CD player in my head will play on it's own when I'm not using it, if I let it, but I can take control of it. I use it to think individual lines of a choral number separately at the same time for instance, or once when a friend told me she sang a solo that was "His Eye is On the Sparrow" sung with, I forget now, some Bach invention or something, and when she said that, I played both in my head at the same time, and heard that they both have the same harmonic structure and rhythm.



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24 Jun 2009, 11:18 am

There is ALWAYS music playing in my head. It never ends. Usually it's some fiddle tune I've played or picked up from somewhere. Other times it's a full-length song or a section of a song over and over. Just the other night I had the song "I Am Weary" playing in my head until 2 AM. Not good, when you have a test at 8 AM the next morning!

But overall, I don't mind having the music in my head. It's always music I love, so it can be relaxing and reassuring.


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24 Jun 2009, 11:47 am

Do you ever wake up in the morning, and realize the same music is still playing that was going when you went to sleep the night before?



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24 Jun 2009, 12:38 pm

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Do you ever wake up in the morning, and realize the same music is still playing that was going when you went to sleep the night before?


Yeah, and I'm pretty sure it played straight through the night as I was sleeping!


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24 Jun 2009, 1:18 pm

Once my trainer at the gym was talking about how she couldn't get a song out of her head, and in response I asked her what instrument she played and in surprise she said, "When I entered college, I almost decided to try to be concert pianist. How did you know I was a musician?" I told her it was because she was complaining about a song being stuck in her head.

Once at our local grocery store, as I was walking past the check out, the check out clerk standing there was complaining that she had been working there so long that she was recognizing the music on the PA system, and in response I asked her what instruments she played. She gave me a surprised look and said, "Ummm, violin and cello".



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24 Jun 2009, 3:23 pm

Actually, as often as I can, I like to hear "real" music. I surround myself with music as much as possible. When I´m not listening to something at that moment, usually some song I´ve heard recently is playing in my head. If I know a song well, I can duplicate it in my mind, in all it´s entirety and detail, as if it were really playing.

But if there´s no music playing in my head, I always, always, always, have a rhythm going in my mind! Does anyone else have this? It´s like, a CONSTANT rhythm. I was wondering if this was an "autistic" thing, but the AS people I met in Avignon recently don´t really have that...(one said he has that only sometimes). And some of them were even musicians...

It´s a constant rhythm, which I very often stim to, actually....

Anyone else have this???


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24 Jun 2009, 4:32 pm

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I get songs stuck in my head easy like from the radio. Since the majority of them suck, it does get very annoying. I probably look strange when I dance to the song in my head, but I only do that alone at home, so nobody but the FBI and CIA know about it...lol just kidding.


Of course... we all know that it's the NSA that does most of the spying inside the country.

(not to totally change the topic, but I wonder if believing you're being spied on still counts as paranoia, given that the laws have changed so that warrants are no longer needed for wire taps, so we all kinda do live with that possibility now.)



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24 Jun 2009, 5:37 pm

Today, I heard Bach's "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desire" on a piano, instead of an organ. It came from nowhere, but that's a common experience for me. Now, I'm hearing a Borodin and Rachmaninoff medley. That last one is odd for me - it started out as Borodin's 2nd Symphony and switched to Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto.


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24 Jun 2009, 7:51 pm

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Today, I heard Bach's "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desire" on a piano, instead of an organ. It came from nowhere, but that's a common experience for me. Now, I'm hearing a Borodin and Rachmaninoff medley. That last one is odd for me - it started out as Borodin's 2nd Symphony and switched to Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto.

You reminded me of something. Sometimes when I have nothing better to do, I will entertain myself by wildly reorchestrating things like for instance imagining what "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire" would sound like hummed by a children's chorus on gazoos, or Debussi's La Mer performed by the Norman Tabernacle Choir. My imagination will create the sound, image and/or feel of almost anything I ask of it.



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24 Jun 2009, 8:33 pm

I tend to get music stuck in my head all the time- I'm even humming a tune in my head right now! That happens reguarly, and when the tune is constantly playing, I'll randomly sing it underneath my breath. As for images in my head with the tunes...not so much.


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12 Jul 2009, 5:29 am

If you are interested in music and the brain read Musicophilia by the neurologist Oliver Sachs. There are some amazing stories in it.
I love the fact that I can conjure up my favourite music in my head. There are also some musical stories in The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat


Hi Musicos

My partner asked me once why, although I am musical, don't I listen to music much? Since he pointed that out I have started to listen to more. But to be honest there is enough music in my head to keep me going, I don't have to actually
listen to it, but I really should so that I can add to my mental jukebox (yes it is quite mental).

Like Toucan said, I think the problem is that if I listen to something, even just once, I cannot get it out of my head. If I listen several times especially with headphones, the whole thing replays even more authentically.
At the moment, it's Oscar Peterson's stunning version of I Love Paris (Cole Porter) and also the sweeping but funky Jazz -Rock Horror theme tune from Dracula 1972 AD, with full brass section to lend a note of doom...

I occasionally think up tunes in my head, but then they disappear. Must have a go at writing it down one of these days.

The parent whose son is thinking up new tunes, that's amazing, does he know musical notation to write it down ? In the Sachs book it tells about Bizet who wrote a whole new symphony or something in his head one morning when lying in bed, but fell back to sleep and couldn't remember a single note when he woke up. Oops.


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