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Old 06-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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Anon Submission: Music addiction/fixation = OCD?

Just wondering if anyone else has this problem/issue/gift.

I can sit for hours and loop the same 1 song. In fact, I can listen to certain songs on repeat for days, weeks, or months without even remotely getting sick of it. This happens quite regularly. In fact, I jump songs so rarely, the playlist of "songs I like" in my mp3 player only has about 15h of music, and this is after 8 years of collecting music.

If I'm bummed out, I loop 1 song continuously for days/weeks. When I'm driving, I can loop it. When I go to work, I'm still looping it. Same with the drive home, while I'm eating, after dinner, when I'm in bed.. Even on weeknights, sometimes I will spend the whole night sitting there looping a song, then go to work the next day.

Not sure if it makes a difference, but I took a ton of piano lessons as a kid, and have perfect absolute pitch. This means I can listen to any song just once and play it exactly on the piano.

Just wondering if this means I have some kind of OCD and if I should get this checked out or something, or if this is actually more "normal" and common than I am led to believe?

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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As long as it's not negatively affecting your life, then I don't really see a problem.

I've listened to the same series of tracks on an album for almost a year, when I commuted from Ditchmond to Coquitlam. If I still had that commute, I'd probably be doing the same thing.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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This is normal. I tend to do this as well and have been for many years. However, this came with studying music since I was 12.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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I loop the song until I can remember the lyrics and can sing it out loud.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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is it normal? hah I do that too. I can listen to the top few songs on my playlist for... forever.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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yea same here i think i played a song 24/7 for like a week in summer NON-STOP (i was homesick)
i think its becuase the song makes you happy, gives a kind of euphoria? or it reminds you of happier times
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YEAHHH!!!! Loop this shit.
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Hmm I guess I'm the only one that gets sick of a song after the 5th continious play. No matter how good the song is....Usually need a few days to recover before I can play the same song again..
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I can listen to a song over and over for the whole day as well. Doesnt mean anything, just means that you like that sontg
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I loop a song all the time and sometimes without noticing the song's on repeat. I treat it as a background music and don't really concentrate on it too much. There are times when I realized that I have the same song playing after it being played for 20 minutes. lolz
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:46 PM   #11
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that's pretty much me right there with regards to treating it as background music
I can drive with the radio not tuned to a station so all you hear is static and I'd have no problem because I just treat it as bg noise and focus on other things
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:16 PM   #12
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If the song is good enough, playing it over and over shouldn't be a problem
there are a few frank sinatra songs that I can't get enough of.
Although when i'm driving I can't listen to the same song over and over but here in front of the comp i've definitely used the loop button before

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