Wiping a snatch

Occasionally, I get a snatch of music running through my hesd.

Depending on the piece, I’m not usually too bothered by it.  Sometimes it’s a nice piece, and sometimes it’s a piece I could do without.

The worst is when it’s a fucking advertising jingle.  That really annoys me, and it’s one of the many reasons I mute advertisements on the television.  Unfortunately, I can’t do that on the radio, as I then don’t know when the ad break ends, so I have to suffer those commercial inanities.

If a piece begins to annoy me, I find I have to go off searching for it on the Interweb, where I play it a couple of times, and that does the trick.  But suppose I don’t know what the piece is?  Or even worse, suppose it is an advertisement?  I’ll be fucked if I’m going to search the Interweb foe some fucking advertisement.  So now I have some snatch of music running through my head, and I don’t know what to do with it.

A long time ago, I was in such a dilemma.  It was a strange but haunting piece of music, and I eventually managed to track it down.  I played it and that cured the snatch.

A while after that, I fell foul of some other rhythm that I couldn’t identify, so in desperation, I played my strange piece in the hopes that it would replace whatever was in my head.  It didn’t.  It erased it altogether.

I keep my haunting little piece to hand now.  If ever I am troubled by any repetitive snatch, I play my wee sound track.  It never fails.  It erases both the irritating piece, and also itself.  I am left with a clear, unmelodic head.

Now, I know what the piece is called, and who plays it, but do you?

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Wiping a snatch — 16 Comments

  1. Sixty – It depends on where  hear it [if I remember where I have heard it!].  If it’s part of a film soundtrack, I search for details of the film.  If I can remember a few of the words, I’ll search for them.  If it was on the radio, I’ll look for an archive of the programme.  I see it as a bit of a challenge, and I reckon to have about a 95% success rate!

  2. at first I thought Donal Lunny or Moving Hearts, but then it got a bit more baroque and the drums became more noticeable.
    I’m pretty sure it’s Kila, but can’t name the tune.

  3. Kae – I am more than impressed!  How did you find it?  Or did you know all along and were just winding me up?  Heh!

    TT – I am proud and delighted to announce that I haven’t a fucking clue what a vuvuzela sounds like, never having heard one.  Am I the only surving sane person in the world?

  4. I recognised the music, but couldn’t put a name to it. then it finally registered that I’d heard it in the film Napoleon Dynamite. looked up the soundtrack and got the name.

  5. Kae – Fair play!!  I have never seen Napoleon Dynamite, but I did a quick search and apparently they are quite popular when it comes to soundtracks – twelve films to be exact.

  6. It’s the very first track on an album called  ‘Broadcasting From Home’ by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
    If you ever tire of it, or it stops doing it’s magic, try  ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ or ‘Music For A Found Harmonium’ from the same group.
    All 3 tracks were used in the soundtrack to the very wonderful ‘Mary & Max’, an animated feature film from last year that was criminally overlooked on this side of the world. I think you’ll like it, if you can find it.

  7. Chris P – In the course of writing this, I browsed YouPipe MyPipe YouTube and found all their stuff.  They have some great videos [Air A Danser and Perpetuum Mobile?] .  I like ‘em.

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