I got an i-Phone recently, and discovered a great “app” called Shazam. With the touch of a button on my screen, the song I’m hearing, usually on the car radio, gets analyzed and then Shazam tells me info about that song– the song title and artist! I like this app. I can “shazam for song info.”
Today I was driving along and heard a song with a lot of repetition; I thought it sounded like Rihanna, and sure enough it was: “We Found Love” is the name of it, and it’s a repetitive dance song that says, “We found love in a hopeless place.” To me, it sounds like she’s singing, “We fell in love in a hopeless place.” But with Shazam, I am able to see the correct lyrics of that catchy tune.
Shazam also identified a new song by Gavin DeGraw called “Not Over You.” I give that song a 5 out of 10. I don’t love it, and I wouldn’t download it, but it’s nice to see Gavin’s career didn’t die out.
Earlier today I heard some guy(s) singing the classic old song “The Loco-Motion.” I knew Kylie Minogue had a hit with it in the 1980s and that it was a song from the 1960s, from some girl group. So I wondered, “Who is this?” Shazam told me– it was Grand Funk Railroad. I would definitely pay to download this one.
Now I know Selena Gomez was a tween star that all the little girls loved, so it’s interesting to hear her new song, “Love You Like A Love Song.” I think this is the song that will propel her to adult stardom. Why? Because it’s credited to “Selena Gomez and The Scene,” which makes it sound like she has a legitimate band backing her, and it follows in the style of Rihanna, making adult-themed music that just happens to appeal to young people, too. The song is pop by the numbers– nothing original, at all. But like a good pop song, “Love You Like A Love Song” has a hook that you’ll be singing along to, the “repeat, peat, peat…” part (similar to Rihanna’s Umbrella, ella, ella thing) and my guess is Selena Gomez could really make a name for herself with this song and singles to follow. She could be, if it works out as planned, the next Jennifer Lopez– not a great singer, but sexy and likeable with hot beatz so she’ll have a career as an entertainer.
I had heard about Florence + The Machine– but never heard their music until this week. Shazam told me I was listening to “Shake It Out.” I’d pay to download that moody track.
Shazam also helped me identify some other songs on the radio, including “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk (a Canadian singer who is a staple on Canadian radio but not that known in the USA), “Before You,” also by Chantal Kreviazuk, “Shattered” by O.A.R., “Learning To Be The Light” by NewWorldSon, “Footsteps in the Dark” by the Isley Brothers, and “Mighty Love” by The Spinners.
I will continue to use the Shazam app to figure out song artists and titles. I like it!