Song #14: Are You Dizzy?

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This week’s song is another from Piti Theatre’s Greatest Bits, Vol. I.  I like this tune because we took a grim topic, microwave sickness and the lack of medical understanding around it, and gave it what I call “the creepy circus treatment”….the end result is weird, bleakly funny, and appropriately sinister.   Here’s what Jonathan has to say about writing this song:

“After Piti co-director Godeliève Richard developed microwave sickness in 2010, we spent a few years going from doctor to healer to doctor trying to find out what was wrong. One stop was at an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist in Northampton, MA. She had been continuously dizzy for about two years and this was a person who specialized in dizzyness. As he moved her head with surprising force from side to side, he asked her questions like “are you dizzy like you’re on a boat?” “Are you dizzy like the room is spinning?”, etc. This was the inspiration for this song and became fodder for a scene in our microwave sickness musical “Innocenzo“.

These days, Jonathan and Godeliève have launched a new project with others from the region called Hilltown Health. One of the goals is to help towns adapt their by-laws to be more protective against the 5G cellular network being rolled out which will put a mini cell tower every hundred yards or so on our roads and strip towns of their zoning rights.

For more information:

More about microwave sickness (also known as electrical sensitivity)

Dizzy

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Are You Dizzy?
By Jonathan Mirin and Carrie Ferguson
Performed by Carrie Ferguson; Bass, Percussion, Mandolin: Garrett Sawyer
Recorded by Garrett Sawyer at Northfire Recording Studio
Mastered by Angelo Quaglia at Northfire recording Studio

Are you dizzy like you’re on a boat?
Are you dizzy like you’re swimming ‘round a moat?
Are you dizzy like you’re floating off the ground?
Are you dizzy like you’re gonna drown?

Are you dizzy and your head just spins?
Are you dizzy like you just had twins?
Are you dizzy and the room is spinning?
Are you dizzy like the lights are dimming?

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go

Are you dizzy and it doesn’t make sense?
Are you dizzy and its makin’ you tense?
Are you dizzy and your ears are ringing?
Are you dizzy and your brain is zinging?

Are you dizzy like a merry go round?
Are you dizzy like you’re upside down?
Dizzy like an ant in a dixie cup?
Are you dizzy like you’re gonna throw up?

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go

Oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa, no no no no
So busy feelin’ dizzy that you don’t know where to go

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