Today’s music choice was discovered thanks to Shazam, an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device.
But before I get to the song, when I hear the word Shazam, what comes to mind is Gomer Pyle, the main character in a TV show of the same name. It was one of the catch phrases used by Gomer when he was in a good mood. Here’s a two-second clip of Gomer:
While I was searching for that clip, I came across some background info on the word Shazam, and apparently it stands for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, first noted in the Captain Marvel comic books.
Scrawny teenager Billy Batson would shout, “Shazam!” and a bolt of lightning would then strike the boy, granting him the powers and abilities of these ancient heroes, transforming him into Captain Marvel.
I’m not sure if that’s where the music app gets it name from, or if it was just a name the developer came up with out of the blue.
Anyway, I was listening to some music while waiting in a doctor’s office this week, and a wonderful song came through the speakers that I was not familiar with. So out came my phone and I opened up the Shazam app, and within a couple of seconds it told me that the song was: BT · Yo-Yo Ma · Joshua Bell · Edgar Meyer · Mark O’Connor · Mike Marshall · Sam Bush
Here’s an audio playing of the song:
Over the past few years I’ve really grown to enjoy music that features fiddles and banjos, and has the feel of bluegrass. This song seemed to fit into that genre.
The song is from the album Short Trip Home.
According to Wikipedia, Short Trip Home is an album of classical chamber music by a quartet unusual both for its membership and its instrumentation. Double bassist Edgar Meyer wrote the majority of the compositions recorded on the album for a quartet of violin, double bass, mandolin, and guitar. Classical violinist Joshua Bell joins bluegrass musicians Sam Bush and Mike Marshall and Meyer on the album. In addition to classical music in an American vernacular, the quartet occasionally breaks out on more traditional instrumental bluegrass tunes.
And it appears that at least on this one song from the album Yo Yo Ma also sat in.
I’ve listened to a few other songs from the album, and each one is wonderful. Highly recommended.
So thank you Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
Who knew they had the power to help someone discover a new song or musician.