A Summer Story Told in Songs Thanks to Shazam

Rich Partheymuller II

“You know, I’ve got this theory; there are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyrics people tend to be more analytical. You know, all about the meaning of the song. They’re the ones you see with the CD insert out like five minutes after buying it, pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything. Then there’s the music people…who could care less for the lyrics as long as it’s just got, like, a good beat and you could dance to it. I don’t know, sometimes it might be easier to be a music girl and not a lyric girl. But since I’m not, let me just say this: sometimes things find you when you need them to find you. I believe that. And for me, it’s usually song lyrics,” Peyton Sawyer, from One Tree Hill.

Even if you’re not a One Tree Hill fan, perhaps you can relate to Peyton Sawyer. Whether you’re in a band or just a passionate music-enthusiast, the best language you know is your music. When you’re in love the music you live by, it makes all the more a difference to find ways to share it. Some lyrics are better kept to yourself, for some songs have meanings that only you can understand, while other songs serve as your communication to other people. They say the words that we can’t find on our own. They serve the masters known as our minds and our imagination. Our minds get trapped in the time machine that hurls us back to when we needed the song the most. Maybe we need it even more now. Who knows? You see the world through new eyes when you live by the rhythm of our favorite melodies.

Well, for me, music should tell a story. It usually does too. Even I the most bizarre manners, a song can remind you of who you are. Over the summer, I found that I could find a story in the songs that I played, as well as the ones that came on randomly. By using the technology of  Shazam, which analyzes and lets a user find the name of a song instantly, I was able to make my passion for music into a story of a summer gone by way too fast. Once I Shazamed a song on Snapchat, the feature instantly pulled up lyrics to whatever song I was listening to. As a singer, it greatly helped in learning new songs, but another beautiful aspect is how I can use what Shazam pulled up for each song as a way to share this passion.

Below is a chronological timeline of songs I Shazamed over the summer. Each time a song is Shazamed, the technology displays an image with the name of the song, the artist, and a colorful image behind it. We’ll start with June…




August/Early September


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