On That Note: Ear Worms

Jun 3, 2019

Every month, cellist Robert Cohen joins us to talk about the life of a working, touring, professional musician. He’s talked about concerts and venues, taking an instrument on the road, and teaching a new generation of cellists.

This month, Robert is hearing ear worms. Or rather, he’s trying not to hear them. It turns out that unlike an advertising jingle or a pop song that might get stuck in my head, the ear worms Robert gets are on an entirely different level.

"When you're really involved in preparing a concert of music, a whole two hours worth of music ... it can never leave you," explains Cohen. "It’s kept me awake at night, literally. Sometimes the music, I just can’t stop it. I’ve tried listening to the radio, I’ve tried reading a book. And the music just keeps going on and on and on!"