If you were to ask my college roommate, Brandon, anything about the soundtrack to High School Musicals 1, 2 or 3, he would be able to tell you the name of any of the songs, who sang them, and then proceed to recite the lyrics.
This is no fault of his own (although if you cornered him, he’d probably admit that he came around to the soundtracks after a while). I fully accept that, during my senior year of college (yes, college), if the soundtrack to HSM3 wasn't playing in my room, you can be 99% certain I was either in class, studying in the library, out at the bar or asleep (usually one of the first three). This is not something I’m proud of, but there it is nonetheless.
Am I the only one that goes through such extreme phases with things? Once I heard a song on an episode of Scrubs (“Winter Song” by Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah Bareilles), downloaded it, and proceeded to listen to it on repeat for the next two weeks, taking it with me on my iPod for even the smallest of excursions. If I had a nickel for every time I listened to that song during that eight day period, I would be able to update this blog daily without having pesky things like work get in the way. (Not that it does right now, let's be honest, but you know what I mean.)
It's not just music either. The website mylifeisaverage.com took control of my attention in such a strong way that I checked it every night before I went to bed, and then every morning before I went to school for at least a month. It was a problem.
As I write this I am currently in the grips being obsessed with the series Bones.
In case you’ve never heard of Bones, it’s a forensic tv “dramedy” series in the same vein as CSI. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve begun thinking in the same vocabulary as the characters on the show. Here’s an example: My family and I are putting together a puzzle on the kitchen table right now, and I find myself examining the puzzle pieces with the same scientific austerity as if I were an actual forensic scientist. I’ll think things like, “Well, the black markings on this piece are consistent with the markers in this pattern.” Luckily I have yet to slip and say any of these things out loud. It’s really only a matter of time, however.
I can only have one obsession at a time, so I’ll let you know what it I turn to when I finally finish all the episodes of Bones that I can on Netflix instant watch. Hopefully it’ll be something that uses my brain more, like a book….