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Earworms…

Another Opus season is drawing to a close. Many good memories and the occasional “earworm” linger. Can you relate? “Earworms”?!?!?

Earworms (from the German “ohrwurm”) are those songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind after it is no longer being sung or played. They’re also known as sticky music, stuck song syndrome, and the more scientific, Involuntary Musical Imagery. Statistically, 98% of us experience earworms, with men and women equally affected, but a tendency to last longer and become more distracting for women. (Seriously?!?!) Songs with lyrics account for about 74% of earworms whereas instrumental music approximately 8%. They are most common in people with an interest in music. Interestingly, earworms have been the plot line or theme of stories, novels, TV and cartoon episodes, and music.

I can only imagine that the majority of our concert attendees, supporters, and Opus members have experienced this phenomenon at one time or another.  Another likely connection, but an unlikely conversation starter. Perhaps we should promote a more pleasant term…

Many thanks to all who participate and support choral music in our community! Looking forward to the 2018-19 Opus season!

Sheryl Frye

President, Decatur Choral Society

“Opus” Defined

“Opus” is defined as an “artistic work”. Here are some “not-as-artistic” terms that can potentially apply to our group during the course of a season…

  • A promising rehearsal has “hope-us”
  • Men’s sectional is a “bro-pus”
  • A missed or cancelled rehearsal is a “no-pus”

We have recently been impacted by a glut of unsettling events that has left us reeling in shock, helplessness, frustration, and questioning. We have witnessed Nature’s power and man’s destructive disrespect of human life. Yet in all of these tragic situations, we have been offered numerous glimpses and accounts of caring, self-sacrifice, sharing, outreach, charity, and love. It’s as if the darkness of the disaster provides the contrasting backdrop for such healing offerings to be recognized and illuminated more than when they are occurring in our day-to-day lives during more “routine” circumstances.

“Ubi Caritas” is one of our Fall pieces that echoes “Where charity and love are…” Thousands of musical works have been written through the ages with a love theme in all of its many forms. Ola Gjeilo is the gifted composer who has transformed these traditional Mass reflections into an uplifting piece that will inspire our listeners with its riveting message in song.

Our “Wintertide” concert will be a meaningful way to usher in our season of Thanksgiving and preparation for Christmas. We are grateful and appreciate your continued support. It is our hope that you enjoy being sung to as much as we enjoy singing to you.

Sheryl Frye

Decatur Choral Society President