I'm still on winter break and not quite focused, so pardon my continuing obsession with The Shins. Let's see if we can get a little reflection going anyway. Question: what makes their music so damned sticky?! I adored the song below (from Chutes Too Narrow) the very first time I heard it. This morning I woke up literally hearing it. What gives, and why is it that so many Shins songs are so immediately addictive? If you wanted to write a very sticky song, how would you do it? Oh hell, let's just listen. My new goal: see The Shins next time they go on tour.
I loved Sacks' "Musicophilia"
He talks a lot about these "earworms" as he calls them
Aha--I'm actually reading it now. Just read the chapter on "ear worms" (unfortunate term!). I wish there were more there about what, on a musical level, makes some music so catchy.
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