One of my favorite apps for my new Droid phone is called Shazam. When a song you love but don't know the name of comes on the radio, you hit a button and hold your phone up to the speaker. The program somehow recognizes the song and tells you what it is. If you want to buy it, you click another button, and, voila! The song is now on your phone. So far I've purchased Judas Priest's You've Got Another Thing Comin'and LeAnn Rimes' I Need You. I know, strange taste I have.
I've tried to use Shazam on classical music but it has failed every time. I'm not sure if they haven't built classical music into the database or if the music wasn't loud enough or what. I should look that up. Anyway, the last time I tried it, Sammy and I were in a bagel shop. Sammy was very interested in the music, which I didn't recognize. (Luckily, the DJ later informed me that it was Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.)
While we were listening, the piece was a bit frenzied and a little scary. Sammy said, MOMMY, THAT'S MAD? (She always identifies music with emotions, telling me which songs are happy, which are sad, and which are mad.) I answered, "Yes, it does sound a bit mad, and it sounds a little scary to me. It makes me think of Snow White running away from the wicked Queen through the forest." We listened for a while, and she repeated, with more certainty, THAT'S A MAD ONE. And then, MOMMY, IS THAT BEETHOVEN?