There are an estimated one billion Google searches a day, give or take a few million either way. I am delighted to be in the minority of internet users that do not use the search engine’s facility. For the record I also don’t Ask Jeeves or use the other lesser-known singing search machines like Bing, Sinatra or Dean Martin. I am of the opinion that if I am in the dark, I’ll stay there. Where is it said that you need to know everything?
The other night a bunch of us were sat in a hostelry. One of the gang started humming a song. He said he heard it on the radio earlier and it was stuck in his head. It went something like ♫ ♬ Dancing in the Moonlight hum, hum, hum.♫ ♬
Automatically I said “You’re a bit out of tune but Thin Lizzy had a song called Dancing in the Moonlight with It’s caught me in its spotlight in brackets. It‘s on the Bad Reputation album.”
I was shot down in flames (that’s AC/DC as if you didn’t know) with the rejoinder that he knew that song and that wasn’t the one that was played. Some one else offered to use his smart phone to browse the internet and find the answer.
“No, no, no a billion times no” I no’d.
“Why not? Don’t you want to know?” asked someone that wanted to know-all.
“It’s better working it out yourself.”
“But what if we can’t?”
“What did we do in the old days? If there was something we couldn’t remember it never bothered us much. Although it is mildly irritating not knowing who sang this awful song, it’s not the end of the world as we know it if we don’t know it.”
To cries of Luddite and Burn the Witch (that’s Queens of the Stone Age, you didn’t know that one) I was out voted and the New Seekers had their way. Disgusted , I went over to the pinball machine as I’m a bit of a wizard at the game. Who sang that again?