My wife thinks that I have Musical Tourette’s. When I put this on my twitter profile I had some tweets and messages asking what I was talking about. So here is my story.
Most of the time I don’t know that I’m doing it. Out of the corner of my eye I will see my wife staring at me with the TV paused and I’ll hear a noise. It’s me! I’m humming along to the theme tune of a programme or an advert or singing something. This happens around the house or when we’re in the car stuck in traffic. And it happens every day. Repeatedly.
You know what it’s like when you have a song going over and over in your mind and I just like to add my percussion or humming or singing along to it. A human beatbox and I can’t help it.
The Urban Dictionary has a listing for Musical Tourette’s that states that it is:
An artificial form of tourette syndrome in which the singing or speaking of a line from a song by one individual produces the spontaneous and not entirely voluntary singing or speaking of further lines of said song by another individual. This phenomenon is most often seen among people in good moods.
The difference for me is that it doesn’t need to be a real song. I will just make a one up.
I have to point out that this is NOT a Glee kind of thing. Not here please! I don’t have any desire to take to the stage: I’m a writer not a dancer. And reading the Urban Dictionary definition, I doubt people I know would use the words ‘good mood’ about me. Oh, no.
Now, there has not been any official medical diagnosis of this compulsive condition. It doesn’t affect my life other than some odd looks from people on the bus or at work. I don’t even know whether there is an official condition, maybe someone can let me know.
Does this help me with Creative Writing? It does seem to help me clear my mind, so maybe it does, in its own weird way. I love music and have never had a problem writing with some noise in the background. Most of the time, it’s probably just me.
Thank you for reading.