Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My Latest Addiction

I have a new addiction: Pandora radio. OMG. This site is so fun and addictive. If you like music, and if you spend any time at all in front of your computer, check out Pandora. She will play the music you want, when you want it.

I spent two hours yesterday creating my very own personalized radio stations:

  • Hymns Radio plays traditional church hymns, plus a few select contemporary hymns and worship songs. (I’m not really a fan of contemporary Christian music, so when one of those songs pops up, I click the “I don’t like this song” button, and Pandora apologizes and promises never to play it again. Pandora is very polite.)
  • When I’m in the mood for some folksy rock tunes, I switch over to E. Peevie Radio. It’s generated from a Jack Johnson starting point, and includes songs like “Hey There, Delilah” by the Plain White T’s, classic tunes from Simon and Garfunkle and Fleetwood Mac, and of course "American Pie" and other favorites from Don McLean. Awesome.
  • And then there’s Dee Dee Radio, in honor of my big brother who is a sentimental softie with a preference for the music of his lost youth. It plays classic popular tunes from the 50s, 60s, and a few 70s, featuring bands like The Dave Clark Five, The Spinners, and Franki Valli.
  • I love musical theater, so one of my stations is Sound of Music Radio. I can sing along to "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story; "Seventy-Six Trombones" from Music Man; and "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma.
  • Most of my life I have despised and disparaged country music. But now I find myself creating Willie Nelson Radio, a station that plays classic country hits like "Folsom Prison Blues" by Merle Haggard, "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash, and even some not-so-classic-and-a-tiny-bit-queer-but-I-like-it-so-there John Denver songs.
  • Oh, and I almost forgot: Water Music Radio brings me compositions like Handel's "Water Music Suite No. 2", "Sonata in D Major" by Telemann, and of course, the ubiquitous Pachelbel's "Canon in D".

Just what I needed: another time sink. My life is one time-sink addiction after another.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

J-RO: Jacob will love this posting as he is a Pandora fan as well! p.s. I've truly loved the last week of many posts!!!!

E. Peevie said...

That Jacob! He and I have so much in common. It's like he's my psychic child.

And re many posts--happy to oblige. I figured out how to keep up with my posting: always have several posts in progress.

Here's a sampling of what's currently in the hopper: The Purpose of Education, C. Peevie Turns 13, and These Books Will Make You Hungry.

Jacob said...

It's true: I'm a Pandora devotee and proud of it. I love how it introduces you to music that you would have never heard otherwise. I've gotten a bunch of my favorite songs from Pandora. And I second
J-Ro's notion about the week of many posts.

E. Peevie said...

Jacob--Can we look at each other's stations on Pandora? Do you know how to do it?

Research time.

Jacob said...

I found out that you can, in fact, share stations with other people. Just click on the little arrow next to whichever station you want to share, and click on the "share this station with a friend" option. It should bring up a window that lets you e-mail your station to someone else. I haven't actually done it yet, but it's pretty cool.

Lucia @ Pandora said...

Hi E. Peevie -

We're thrilled to hear that you're enjoying Pandora so much! Your list of stations is fantastic.

You and Jacob can see all other each other's stations by looking at your profile pages.

To find the URL for your profile page, just click on 'Your Profile' above the music player. Your profile will open up in a separate window.

Let me know if you have any questions!

- Lucia, from Pandora
lucia at pandora dot com

Anonymous said...

John Denver songs are not remotely queer. He transcends queer.

-Rev. Moses