The Itching Head Phenomenon

After only seeing one or two concerts all winter, this weekend two were in my areaβ€”the Talley Trio on Saturday and the Kingdom Heirs last night. Both put on great performances (and yes, Steve French, I promise I was wide awake throughout and enjoyed the night!)

Both nights, I encountered an interesting phenomenon. It’s far from the first time this has happened, but having it on back to back nights reminded me to post about it. Am I the only one whose head starts itching right about the time the emcee starts into the altar call?

And am I the only one who, just to be safe, proactively scratches my head in advance during the closing song?


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  1. Yes. πŸ˜€ Well, actually I can only vouch for me.

  2. BTW, thanks a lot my head is itching now. πŸ˜›
    I do know there are times it does in church, but I don’t recall a particular time.

    • Sorry about that! πŸ™‚

      • Just maybe there is a serious side to this, after all?

        Like the tale of the preacher who asked for 5 pounds [old Scottish story] from the senior brother who was beating his wife, or he would announce his name……….

        The offering was the largest ever in the history of that church.

        Do we, inadvertantly betray inner agitation at something in a message/sermon, by body language?

        Does the preacher know – as well as spiritual intuition – who is being ‘hit’ by the message?

        I would suggest, Yes. Quite often, more than you think.

        Just sayin’… Not sugggesting DJM is a false professor. No way. πŸ™‚ :-)!

  3. I do not consciously remember doing that but who knows? LOL! Daniel, how was the KH this weekend?! I saw them last weekend and they were AWESOME!!!

  4. Hmmm… sounds like a nervous tick. Daniel, if it always happens just before the alter call, do you need to pray about something? πŸ˜‰ j/k

    • I am indeed a born-again Christian, if that’s what you’re wondering! πŸ™‚

      Yes, it probably is a nervous tick – or maybe it’s just psychological, inspired by the consciousness that I am aware I won’t be able to scratch my head for 5-10 minutes that makes it start itching. πŸ™‚

      • I’ll tell you what else happens. Whenever I was on the register or on the sales floor in retail and helped someone with lice medication. I always itched after that.

  5. It’s the devil! The devil I tell ya!!!! πŸ™‚

    And maybe it’s just the low humidity of the conditioined air in the building that’s causing it. You do know that you may be causing people all around you to scratch their heads when they see you proactively scratch yours.

    Slow morning so I’ll leave this for you all to discuss; my doctor has to play his weekly game of vampire.

  6. i’ll be honest…this is kind of a head-scratcher for me

    • ha ha … I see what you did there … you, HA … oh … funny.

    • Ha!

  7. I use shampoo every now and then. J/K!!! πŸ˜€

  8. Well, this reminds me, my oldest brother always coughs during a prayer…..he has always been on the ‘fringe’ of accepting/rejecting Christianity. Some sort of physical manifestation of a spiritual struggle, or just a sudden surge of ‘phlem’..did I spell that right?

  9. Daniel…I admire your work here BUT, this will go down as the weirdest/lamest/strangest post of all time on this site! Lol

    • Did you notice that it’s filed under “humor”?

    • “this will go down as the weirdest/lamest/strangest post of all time on this site!”

      Don’t sell Daniel short, I am sure he can do better. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh, let Daniel make a joke. It’s good for him. He should do it more often. πŸ˜€

      • I was hoping someone would say that! πŸ˜€

      • I meant he could do better and not make this the weirdest/lamest/strangest post of all time on this site!” πŸ˜€

  10. Not all of life has to be serious, theological, nails on chalkboard debating. πŸ™‚

  11. Yeah… that’s a little weird!

  12. I’m not even sure how to respond to this.

    • Reply in a humorous way! This post was filed under “humor” and said so from the start! πŸ™‚

      • Oh, I don’t doubt that. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m unsure how to respond.

        When you started referring to being at the Kingdom Heirs concert, I thought it had something to do with a certain group member’s head/hair…

  13. Itchy Christian: Man, my head really itches. But I better not move. It’s really bothering me, though. I think he’s looking on the other side of the church…

    Evangelist: I see that hand, young man! Please come! We will meet you down front!

    No longer itchy, but beet red Christian: No, no, no! Maybe if I duck my entire head under the pew, they’ll forget about me…

  14. Keep your day job daniel! Lol

  15. I don’t buy this “Post” by Daniel! I think this is a diversion, I’m guessing this means there is breaking news going on somewhere in the SGM world! I’m “itching” to know what it could be! Big news on the way, just a little prediction. Get your pens and notepads out kiddies! Oh wait I’m dating myself, your Ipiddles and Strawberries!

    • No need to buy anything – this post was on the house. πŸ™‚

      • I guess it’s just a sloooooooooooooow news day! πŸ™‚

  16. I was at the Kingdom Heirs concert and my head didn’t itch…of course I wasn’t on the front row like Daniel either…I think it probably has to do with how close you are to the alter when the call goes out! πŸ™‚

  17. My head started itching as soon as I clicked on view comments. :>/

  18. Actually in reference to the front row, I noticed daniel you always sit there when possible. That’s actually the worst place for sound quality. Plus all the spit!

    • Yes, I do – because I know the songs and the arrangements so well that I could typically sit back and play every lyric and note in my mind. I know the music part. πŸ™‚ I go to watch the singers – how they deliver, what they do that differs from the CD, observe what connects with the audience etc.

      • This is what I love to do too! If I was looking for the best song quality, I’d just sit at home and listen to the CD. The best part about concerts is the whole experience of being there and noticing the little things.

      • BTW I meant to say “sound” quality, not “song” quality, though I suppose the two can be related at times.

    • Ahh Ha!

      Front row;

      tenor spits, bass phlems…

      Daniel’s head itches.

      Is that what what they call an ‘anointing’ Then?

      • LOL and it finally comes full circle!

  19. You may have pulled the wool over others’ eyes, but not me. You are getting ready to start targeting more advertising and wanted to show you have an audience for this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08FSIRLdAv4

    • That is funny, but I can assure you that the prospect didn’t cross my mind! πŸ™‚

  20. I write an article about the new Perrys CD and get 8 comments.

    Daniel writes an article about scratching his head and gets 38 comments.

    LOL

    • That is officially the funniest comment of the day. πŸ˜€

    • Obviously you quality as opposed to quantity.

  21. @ DBM,
    Should read obviously you have quality as opposed to quantity.

    • I like to tell myself that, anyway! LOL

  22. This post is making my head itch!

  23. Try being on stage and you have an itch, or the hiccups, or anything else that’s slightly uncomfortable. There is not one single thing you can do to resolve it. Lol

  24. I’ve said it earlier in the comments, but I’ll again assure anyone wondering that I’m indeed a born-again evangelical Christian…

    …just one whose head itches at inconvenient times!

    • Ok, [scritch!] we believe you brother.