Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The little Spanish flea...and other irritants

Whether it's the last ditty you hear in the car on the way to work, or the catchy commercial jingle, or the favourite tune you replay on your ipod, songs have a way of getting under your skin. And so do people.

Mero realised early on in our relationship that certain songs stay with me all day. So as I walk past her desk en route to the bathroom, it is not uncommon for Mero to start humming, and she alternates between:
  • Little Spanish Flea;
  • Blame it on the Bossa Nova;
  • Blame it on the Boogie (we have a real blame mentality at the office it seems);
  • The theme from 1980s Cottees cordial commercials (you know the one that goes, "My Dad picks the fruit, that goes to Cottee's, to make the cordial, that I like best"?!); and
  • Jingle Bells (not really the odd man out here, because instead of words, she just 'la la la's her way through the first verse.
It is not uncommon for me to lay awake at night, blaming the bossa nova (and then Mero) for my inability to visit dreamland. And just when the tune is out of my head and I do drift off, I return to the office the next day and it all starts again.

I have tried to get her hooked on the "Mana-mana" song from the Muppets (aka "The Banana Boat"tune) but to no avail. Likewise the "Tarara Boomdiyay" was popular when I was little, but she just looks at me like I'm on crack.

So she just shrugs, opens her mouth, throws her head back and flamenco-dances off into the distance chanting the little Spanish flea song. ARGH.

To share the love (and frustration), I'm paying it all forward. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

hahah I love it.
The running back and forth into the distance reminds me of Grover's "Near....Far.....".

You need to post The Three Little Pigs "I wish my brother George was here" clip.

I'm going to look for it now.

Batreg said...

Tarara Boomdiyay, oh it's been a while but now it's gonna be a while before I forget it again ... damn you Mero (I can't hold you responsible Gab, you're just trying to retaliate)