Hello. My name is Ms. Kline, and I am a Pandoraholic.
I think it was my study hall that first introduced me to Pandora. Each day, I make them suffer through whatever musical mood I'm in, usually, via my itunes list. About two months ago, they told me about Pandora, explaining that I simply enter a song or artist that I feel like hearing, and the Pandora Gods will create a station that will continue to play music similar to the song or artist I have chosen. In the words my students LOVE hearing me say in my super dorky way...hands in the air..."whaaaat whaaaat??" :) Instantly, I was hooked. As of today, I have created 33 stations. It's magical. I love it.
The first reason I love Pandora is because I'm a child of the 80's, and children of the 80's will forever hold in our hearts a deep and lasting love for the mixtape. There are few joys as simple and satisfying as someone handing you a tape they made just for you. And, the first time you listened to it was always the best....at the end of each song, eagerly anticipating what would be next. I loved that feeling, and that is exactly what Pandora is. Listening to Pandora is like having a friend making you an eternally new and never-ending mixtape.
In addition to the excitement of each new song, I am perpetually amazed at the actual song choices. As I previously mentioned, I currently have 33 stations in my Pandora account. Some of them I have created from songs, some from artists, and some simply from a genre. Regardless of how I made the station, I am constantly floored by the perfection of the songs the Pandora Gods play for me. In fact, sometimes it's downright frightening. I think the Pandora Gods must have somehow hacked my itunes account as well as going through the three huge books of CD's I have hidden under my bed, because it feels like EVERY song that plays is not only one that I love, but usually one that I have a personal connection to in some way. Or I become connected to the new ones. Today's new favorite- Hazy, Rosi Golan---it's amazing. There are days that I believe Pandora may know me better than some of my friends and family.
I also love the variety of music that I can listen to with Pandora. Like the rest of the world, my mood changes daily, sometimes hourly. For most of my life, I have found a connection to some of my emotions through music. Pandora allows me to create stations for each of my moods. When I am feeling angry, I listen to my Seether Radio. When I am reading, either my Boston Baroque Radio or Ron Carter Radio. When I want to feel peaceful and relaxed, I turn on my Jack Johnson Radio. When I have dance parties with my boys, we listen to Va Va Voom Radio. When I'm feeling a little country, Wagon Wheel Radio. When I am sad and I want to stay that way for a while, I listen to Sarah McLachlan Radio. Then, no matter what mood I'm in, I have my default- Ingrid Michaelson Radio...which I love anytime, any day.
I'm sure the novelty of Pandora will wear off eventually, but for now (and I understand and acknowledge that I'm at least a couple years late on this one) I love it.
Your challenge: Show me what I'm missing. What stations should I try? Which ones do you love? Which ones do you hate? Which stations do you use for which moods?