Twitter, in the last 24 hours, has given me two brilliant pieces of information.
The first is an answer to one of those infuriating ‘What is this piece of music?’ questions, that haunt our consciousness, from time to time.
I recorded a clip of the earworm (because I knew where I could lay my hands on a few seconds of it, where it is used as a brief soundtrack on a 56-year old cartoon, that I was able to find on YouTube.
Then I downloaded the music-finding app ‘Shazam!’, and played the clip in, and waited for Shazam’s! music databases to do their thing.
Except it was more a case of ‘Shazcan’t!’, because the music-finding app was more rusty than trusty.
It failed to find it.
So I took the few seconds-long clip I had, and recorded an Audioboo.
Then I put a link to the Audioboo recording out on Twitter.
The tweet was picked up by @thoughtcat, who retweeted it to his followers.
And within minutes three of @thoughtcat’s followers – @TGG303, @newviv, and @AnyaMaj – had come back to me, with the information that the brief few seconds of recording belonged in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, where it can be found in both the overture and the choral sections (where it is better known, in the latter, as the Pilgrim’s Chorus).
How’s that for a top-class service?
To (almost) round yesterday evening’s excellent Twitter experience off, within moments of getting the information I had nipped over to Amazon and downloaded the Tannhäuser overture.
The other thing that Twitter did for me, last night, was to answer the frequently asked question, regarding the final scene of the film Inception.
The ‘was it real or was it all a dream’ question.
Yes, I have the answer.
Oh, the 56-year old cartoon?