I watched the Peter Sellars production of Don Giovanni the other night, and other than a craving for french fries (we could have a little quiz! Like in Cosmo! Which Donna Elvira Are You? Are you most likely to a) be pelted with french fries b) end up wearing a Burger King crown or c) have a goblet of shiraz poured onto your lap? If it’s a Cosmo quiz, each of the choices indicates your inadequacy in a distinct way and you probably need to buy a different brand of foundation) the main effect was that I have had “ah chi mi dice mai” stuck in my head on and off for about two days. I expected this. It happens.
It’s familiarity, for one thing. This is the downside to repeated listening to anything. Stuff starts to stick, sometimes more than you would ideally want it to.
But some tunes are stickier than others. Other than famous Mozart arias, my particular weakness is arias by Handel in 6/8.
Like this one:
Or this one!
Or this one . . .
I don’t know whether I’m alone on this Handel problem – anyone else got any specific types of tunes that tend to stick?