One Time I Wish I Had Shazam While Abroad
And will always travel with it from now on!
This post is essentially about why you should get the music identifying app Shazam. For those of you who are over 50 (60? 70??), the way Shazam works is that the app listens to a snippet of a song and then finds the track on the internet somehow. It’s all pretty magical to me but it does this brilliantly well. So the next time you’re watching a movie and feel your head nodding along, whip out Shazam and you’ll soon be able to find and download the same song.
Now that my Wiki lesson is over, here’s why I wish I had Shazam on my travels.
It was one of those perfect backpacker evenings in South America, specifically in a little town called Sorrento in northern Colombia. I say ‘perfect backpacker evening’ because it had been one of those incredible days to reminisce over. It stared with an unreal hostel breakfast in the morning, the day spent exploring the town and hiking through the surrounding landscapes – hot and sweaty and dusty and grinning. Now it was unwind time in the hip bar with an icy Aguila beer and conversations about the day’s adventures.
All of a sudden a sense of familiarity came over me, yet of course I was deep in Latin America and could hardly relate to anything daily. What was it? I looked around and then my ears pricked up. It was my best friend from primary school, Tyrone, who now plays in the rising Australian band Rufus, being played over the speakers. Or was it? I swore the vocals sounded just like him and the style of music was similar (laidback, chilled dance beats). But how on earth did their band get discovered halfway around the world in a backstreet bar? There were no fellow Aussies around to ask – and that in itself is amazing – so I had to quickly scribble down some of the lyrics and remember to Google them later.
Which brings me full circle as to why Shazam would have been a much more easier solution! Now I’m not saying that you know a semi-famous rockstar and will come across their music in far flung regions of the world, but there is a more practical reason to get the music app.
Say if you are listening to the radio and in between all the cliched latino pop songs one of them jumps out and smacks you between the ears. You’ll want to Shazam it then, unless your Spanish is muy bueno and you can understand the frantic DJ banter.
So get Shazam. It’s 100% free, and I highly recommend it.
Here’s the free download link: http://www.shazam.com/
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