11 March, 2017

earworm

as we arrived at a destination and started getting out of the rental suv, a strange ditty ran on repeat in the background. eventually we realised it was 4, stuck in the carseat and unable to unbuckle herself. instead of screaming/whining/yelling/snarking, she made up a song and sang it until someone clued in:

i just can't unbuckle
uh-uh-un-buckle
i just can't unbuckle
uh-uh-un-buckle

it had a catchy rhythm and melody and soon we were all singing along while i freed her. for the rest of the visit, one of us was always spontaneously erupting into the song:

i just can't unbuckle
uh-uh-un-buckle
i just can't unbuckle
uh-uh-un-buckle

or making up our own lyrics:

my name is larry*
la-la-la-larry
my name is larry
la-la-la-larry

lest you think there is a nursery rhyme cadence to 4's oeuvre, think again. it's really rather hip-hoppy and invites the listener to shake and shimmy rather than polka with a teddy bear. mr. monkey's singing it as i write.


*names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not so innocent

1 comment:

Zhoen said...

A natural composer in the making.

I was taught to sing "Nose, nose, anything goes!" rather than cry when I needed to blow my nose.