The Songs I Sing – Day #5

I like today’s exercise a lot better than yesterday. Less introspection and more music! According to the list today I need to share about the “10 songs you love right now.” Being partially a data analyst in my day Most Recently Played Songs from iTunesjob, of course the first thing I did was go pull a report from iTune of my most played songs in the recent past. That is a pretty good list! But, I will need to edit it a bit to make it the songs I “love”. Why? Because although I have selected a group of songs for a playlist in iTunes, I have it on shuffle. That means that some I like may rank higher up that ones I really love. Just the luck of the draw. So, here goes.

First off, I am actually going to put Frank Turner over Mumford & Sons. We will get to them in a minute. But Frank Turner is a very new discovery of mine. I heard his song “Recovery” on the radio, went home and listened to a bit more, and was hooked. Within the next day or so I had bought the last five of  his albums.  I like the folksy nature of this ex-punk rocker, and I think he brings something of that punk sensibility to the folk music. But what really keeps bringing me back is the lyrics. He has some phrases that just catch me and hook me on the song.  So, for our first three songs out of ten, I will go with these tunes from Frank Turner….

1) Frank Turner – The Way I Tend to Be

2) Frank Turner – Losing Days

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Find that pesky song

You know that song that keeps going through your mind? No you don’t do you? That is the problem, the tune or words keep going through your mind, but you just don’t know the name of the song. In my case it is a song that I keep hearing on the radio but the annoying DJs never tell me who performed the music or what the title of the track is. Now there is a solution.

midomi music finding serviceI just stumbled across a Midomi. It is so simple that it is amazing that it works. You simply go to the site, click on the button and then sing some of the song that you know or hum the tune. Midomi will then search its database and tell you what the song is. Of course, so that they can provide this service and earn some money, they will then off your the opportunity to buy the song, videos, and such by linking directly to the iTunes music store.

Now honestly I had mixed results with the service. Obviously it works better the clearer your singing or humming and the longer you can do it for. At least 10 seconds is required for any kind of read at all. I also found that the more popular the tune you are searching for the more likely the service is to find it. Whether this is a factor of the accuracy of their database or due to the linking to iTunes, I have no idea.

The coolest thing though, at least in my mind, is that the service can be used from the new iPhone – if, unlike me, you are lucky enough to have gotten one. That being the case, you can just pull Midomi up on your iPhone, hold it up to the radio for a short while, and then have it tell you what the song is that is playing. Now that is cool.

So, if you want to get that song out of your head and on to your iPod or MP3 player, give Midomi a shot. Then please come back here and let us know how it worked for you. Tell me, did it find your music?