Anni-Frid Lyngstad

The songs stuck in our heads

"Mamma mia, here I go again / My my, how can I resist you?"

If only you could. But, oh, those alliterative "m's," those 17 syncopated syllables - chances are that by the time you reached the end of the first sentence, ABBA's familiar melody had forcibly taken possession of every single one of your brain cells. And there it will remain, until it is driven out by a different tune that's equally ... er, unforgettable.

"If you change your mind, I'm the first in line / Honey, I'm still free, take a chance on me."

Sorry, but resistance really is futile, especially since Baltimore will soon be getting a double dose of the music of the 1970s...