Friday, June 15, 2012

What Song Are You Humming? This Website Will Tell You!

As I walked to work today, I had a song stuck in my head. A pleasant tune - a very Friday tune, and I found myself humming its idyllic strain for the better part of half an hour.

But what, I wondered, was the pleasant tune? While the melody had crawled out from the deep recesses of my brain, the name had not. I knew it was an older tune - a classical, light jazzy tune. But what was it?

I've heard about song recognition apps for mobile devices and smart phones. But what if I only have the song in my head? What if the only tool I have to recognize it is by humming?

Enter midomi.com.

Hum for 10 seconds, please!
This incredible site will recognize the tune you're singing, and all you have to do is hum!

As it turns out, the tune was "La Vie en Rose," a 1940's jazz ballad by Edith Piaf.  If you saw Amelie, you've heard the original.  If you've seen Wall-E, you've heard the Louis Armstrong trumpet version.

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