I had big plans to write a real serious post today. But you know what? I’m not in the mood for real serious. So, let’s talk music, eh? What you’re listening to, what I’m listening to, how sad I’m going to be when my trial subscription to satellite radio runs out next month . . . You know, important BUT FUN stuff!
So, do you Shazam? It’s an app that identifies songs playing wherever you are. So if you hear a song on the radio . . . or in a restaurant . . . or in an elevator, open Shazam and hit listen. Then . . . shazam! Just like that, it tells you what song is playing and who sings it, with the lyrics and links to the video and places to buy it (of course).
I LOVE IT.
It’s really very smart. When I pulled it up just now, it automatically identified the “music” it could hear in my living room: a rerun of Parks and Recreation. Heh. I’m not embarrassed to admit it also identified a Boy Meets World rerun when I first had the idea for this post and looked at my recent Shazams.
Here are the most recent songs I’ve Shazam-ed.
- I Lived (One Republic) – I love the lyrics in the verses to this song and forget every time I hear it that a) I do know who sings it and b) I don’t love the chorus nearly as much. Oh well.
- Geronimo (Sheppard) – I’ve Shazam-ed this one more than once, because I love it. And apparently have a memory problem.
- Break Up With Him (Old Dominion) – I feel like I should hate this song, what with the talking in it and my documented public stance against country rap. But darn it, I kind of like it. It’s ridiculous. I know. I have no excuse. (Also, it’s kind of mixed up in my head with I Want to Take Your Time by Sam Hunt. More dumb talking in the middle of a song. Sigh.)
- Trouble (Gloriana) – Last year country music was all dudes, all the time. So when I actually hear a new country song by a female artist (or, in this case, female lead in a group), I get excited!
- Want to Want Me (Jason Derulo) – I’m in my car a lot, and sometimes I’m even alone (or with Adrienne who adores music but doesn’t get lyrics yet). When that happens, I can’t resist this one. I know it’s gross. But . . . it’s catchy, okay? Kind of has an old-school vibe, like Classic by MKTO or most songs by Bruno Mars or Justin Timberlake. (Big surprise, me liking a retro sound, right?)
- Bills (LunchMoney Lewis) – Have you heard this one? It’s just funny. That’s all. Although I wonder about this guy. Are all his songs going to be about money? Because of his name? I mean, look at Vanilla Ice. He tried singing (rapping?) songs not about ice, and it did not work out for him. I mean, the guy’s gone Amish and DIY Network!
- Day One (Matthew West) – I heard this again yesterday and think it might be the new Giving Up on Perfect anthem.
- Riptide (Vance Joy) – I love this song. And I’ve Shazam-ed it more than once, too. (Good thing I’m making a list. Clearly my memory is lacking these days!)
- FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney) – I need to listen to the lyrics of this song, I’m sure. They’re probably awful. But until then, it is catchy as all get out!
- Trouble (Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson) – Thank you to whoever shared the Sean Hayes lip sync video to this song on Facebook. You have given me hours (okay, minutes) of entertainment and delight. Also, I love this song and this video and Jennifer Hudson’s short, sassy haircut.
Huh. Out of 10 songs I have two named Trouble. Weird. Or appropos? Don’t answer that. Answer this —>
I have never heard of Shazam but since I can NEVER remember a song title or who sings it, that might be the thing for me! I generally listen to KLOVE Christian radio and whatever is on but it would be nice when I want to share a song with someone else.
Try it out!! You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! ;)
I have not heard of Shazam, but it seems better than my current song-name-sleuthing method of typing in random lyrics into YouTube with hopes of hitting pay dirt (Strangely it works more often than not). My FAVORITE song right now is one you have on your list – “GERONIMO” – it makes me feel all kinds of brave and happy. I’m also loving “SHUT UP AND DANCE” by Walk the Moon. It has this nostalgic feeling like it belongs in a John Hughes movie.
Oh, YES, I love Shut Up and Dance, too! I just haven’t had the chance to Shazam it! (I try not to Shazam and drive, but it’s hard. I most often listen to the radio in the car. When I’m driving. Yes, the struggle IS real.)
I go through phases with Shazam, but I used it twice today …
“Touch the Sky” by Hillsong United
“The Words I Would Say” by Sidewalk Prophets
And also recently …
“One Heart” by Mat Kearney
“Good To Be Alive” by Skillet
Oh, and “Day One” seems like a good anthem. I could adopt it too. :)
Oooh, all good songs! And I go through phases with Shazam, too. I had to go all the way to January to get my list for today. Although I had 12 and had to cut out two. Because I’d already made my graphic that said 10. (These are the deep thoughts left in my head at 9pm on a Friday. You’re welcome for that.)
Oh my goodness! I love “Bills” and “Classic”! Also- spent three weeks listening to “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna before I got it out of my system. And can I just say that I like the lighthearted posts? I mean, the deep stuff is good but there’s room for just chatting, too. :)
I’m glad there’s room for chatting. It’s kind of my favorite. :)
But wait- no Kris Allen?! My list is sooooo long and obscure… Right now I’m a little obsessed with NeedtoBreathe’s new live album, but also a lot of indie guys- check out Melodime, Steve Everett, Simplified, Honor By August…the list goes on and on!
Haha, don’t tell Kris but I had forgotten about him until I heard him on Pandora the other day! YES, I loooove NeedtoBreathe! And now I’m off to check out the others you mentioned!!
I don’t Shazam, but I have every radio in my house and car tuned to the local Christian radio station. If I hear a song I don’t know the title or the singer, I will memorize a line and google it.
I also like Day One, Jesus Loves Me (Chris Tomlin), He Knows My Name (Francesca Battistelli), Overwhelmed (Big Daddy Weave), and You’re Not Alone (Owl City)
Great, great songs!
At least once a week I’ll be listening to the radio while I drive and think, “I really need to download Shazam.” Then I get to my destination and promptly forget. Definitely getting it today!
Yes, do it now! It really is a lot of fun. :)
So, nothing to do with this post, but I wanted to thank you for your YA fiction posts :)
My 13 yr old daughter (a reluctant reader) didn’t know what book to read (she thinks everything I enjoy is too “old fashioned” :)… I searched through your previous posts and we found the Gallagher series, and she’s interested. I’m hoping she really enjoys the first one, and then maybe she’ll get hooked.
Oh, that’s great, Alexandra!! I’m so glad to hear it! I loved that series. I also just wrote about atypical princess books, some of them for older readers. I’m not sure if your daughter would be past reading some of these but in case it helps: http://www.givinguponperfect.com/2015/03/more-princess-books/.
We have satellite radio and I only ever get to listen to Kids’ Place Live. On the rare times I am by myself, I listen to On Broadway or an audiobook. KPL does have pretty decent kids’ music though.
I’ve determined I am now really old and know zero pop songs unless they use them in Zumba. Thus, Fireball and maybe some Pitbull songs, which I only know because they sound the same as “Celebrate” from Penguins of Madagascar.
I’m so helpful.