When I was a typical teenager, I would sit in my room and do my homework while listening to music. I also studied for tests while listening to music (music on vinyl, I might add). I often noticed that as I wrote a test which required specific information (for example, dates on a history test), I would recall both the dates and the song I was listening to while I studied that information.
I even found that sometimes I could recall additional information if I played out a song in my head. I was a total ABBA freak while in high school (yes, I’m that old), so rarely did I write a test in high school and not not have ABBA music and my school lessons running through my brain.
I guess a variation of that same phenomenon still happens to me today, because I’ve noticed I’ll have certain songs running through my head whenever I do specific tasks. When I fill or empty the dishwasher, I hear “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne. When I empty the litterbox, I hear (I’m not kidding), “Working in the Coalmine” (a cover version by “Blue Swede”, not the original).
At other moments I might hear anything from that “Aiko Aiko” song to “Wondering Where the Lions Are” by Bruce Cockburn. Don’t even get me started on “Bitter Green” by Gordon Lightfoot, or a totally obscure song in Swedish called “Just Nü” by Tomas Ledin. I find it all a bit unusual because while I listened to music incessantly at home and at work (radio) for almost two decades, I now rarely listen to music at all. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just not convenient. However, all the songs are still in my head I guess.