But the strangest part is that I never get current songs in my head...they're always songs from my childhood. Really, really random songs I haven't actually heard in years.
A few weeks ago, I couldn't get "Rhythym is a Dancer" out of my head. Two days later, "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base kept popping up. Every time I went to concentrate on my work, I started humming it. I haven't heard that song since about 1993, but apparently it made quite an an impression on me. Another favorite seems to be "Another Night" by Real McCoy. What a great song. It makes me want to tease my bangs, throw on shredded jeans and grungy flannel and dance...or not.
But oddly enough, the songs that really stick out in my head are cartoon themes from when I was little. I'll randomly start singing the Tale Spin them (Friends for life through thick and thing with another tale to spin!) and then suddenly launch in to Duck Tales (Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg...) and Rescue Rangers (Sometimes, some crimes go slippin' through the cracks...). Those three shows must have been in an afternoon lineup together because they are permanently linked together in my mind. I also think Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles were there somewhere, too, but I didn't watch those. They were boys' shows.
And often times, my mind reverts back to the days when I was obsessed with pink and purple (guess not much has changed) and refused to wear anything but "pretty dresses". Those are the days I'm all about My Little Pony (Something is starting right now, something is starting, oh wow!) Boy, did I love those cute, colorful little ponies...
But there is one theme that gets stuck in my head more than any other. The one I still know every word to, even after all these years:
Yep, Gummi Bears. I don't know why it has such staying power since it wasn't really one of my favorite shows, but it's always there. One moment of silence and BAM! Gummi Bears are bouncing here and there and everywhere right through my head. I really do wonder what is in Gummi Berry juice. Lots of sugar? Flubber? Alcohol? Red Bull? I guess we'll never know. And I love how the song mentions, "They take pride in knowing they'll fight for what's right in whatever they do." What a nice little not-so-secret message to teach kids. I know I sure took it to heart.
Shoot. Now it's stuck in my head again. Oh well. I can't say I mind it...I could think of worse songs, like "Rhythm is a Dancer".
And dear readers, please always remember, when you need help just call Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale—Rescue Rangers!