There are songs that have an immediate impact – Springsteen’s “Radio Nowhere” springs to mind – that imprint themselves on your brain and psyche, and penetrate into your brain. They sprint, kicking and screaming, into your mind, and whirl around, shouting and screaming and crying, until they eventually collapse in a tired, crying heap, until finally trampled by the next adolescent that comes running in.
And then there are some songs that sneak into your brain. You hear them once or twice, but they don’t seem to have made any impact. You think, “Mmmm, that’s quite nice”, and click to the next song on your MP3 player. But what you don’t know is that they filter into your brain so very gradually, you don’t perceive it. But then, all of a sudden, you find that it’s the first song you play.
And the last song you play.
And you have it on repeat on a regular basis.