Cet air m’a trotté par la tête toute la journée.
set tair mah truh-tay paar lah tett toot lah zhoor-NAY. Click below to hear this.*
That tune has been running through my head all day.
Une mélodie refers to a specific part of a song: the musical line, the actual tune. Un air, on the other hand, signifies the whole song, mélodie and paroles (words) alike. Even if you can’t remember the words, your brain is going “la la la” to fill in the blanks.
It’s a mystery where these songs come from. Sometimes you are reminded by a snatch of melody or a phrase, but other times it just pops up like a jack-in-the-box. And then it goes round and round, like a Lionel train at the base of the Christmas tree. Trotter means to trot or to scamper, and that’s what it feels like: a perpetual-motion machine in your brain, mice on a wheel, little gears turning.
It’s worse than the jack-in-the-box or a windup car, because it won’t go away. Not without a conscious effort on your part.
How to stop it:
1. Sing a different song, loudly.
2. Count backwards in French from 1000 while standing on your head.
3. Read all 600+ Spk Frnch posts.
4. Do Sudoku puzzles until the song goes away.
5. Surrender. Sing it, la-la-la and all!
*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file: