Have You Tried Pandora?

I seem to be into lists lately. And checking them twice! ; )

I have another one coming up soon. But for now, my list relates to Pandora. I know the 21st century is still pretty young, but I think Pandora is one of the best inventions of the century so far. Here's a partial description from the website.
"With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. You can create up to 100 unique "stations." And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you."
I've always loved music and as a kid remember wishing that I could skip songs on the radio and play all the music that I love in a row. Well, fast forward a few decades and it's here!

If you follow me on twitter, you've probably seen that I often tweet my music. It's like being a DJ and is really fun. I'm doing it right now as I write this blog post.

If you're interested in learning more about Pandora and it's beginnings, NPR's Tom Ashbrook interviewed the founder Tim Westergren for On Point; listen here.

And check out the music that people are tweeting on Pandora right now. Below is a partial list of my Pandora tweets. Enjoy!

"Bad Habits" by Maxwell
"Why Don't We Fall In Love" by Amerie
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
"Hey U" by Groove Theory
"Shadow Of Your Smile" by Amel Larrieux
"Whenever You're Around" by Jill Scott
"Romantic (feat. Soulive)" by Goapele
"Sign Your Name" by Terence Trent D'Arby
"You're Making Me High" by Toni Braxton
"Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red
"Wish I didn't Miss You" by Angie Stone
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
"Cherry Pie" by Sade
"Sweet Love" by Anita Baker
"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye
"Jammin'" by Bob Marley
"Maria Maria" by Santana
"Sweet Thing" by Rufus
"Waiting In Vain" by Bob Marley
"Back To Life" by Soul II Soul
"Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye
"Different (feat. Clyde Carson)" by Goapele
“Rolling Down My Face” by Amerie
"Someday" by Martin Solveig
"Words" by Anthony David
"Hopeless" by Dionne Farris
"Crush" by Zhane
"Find A Way" by Dwele
"Butterflies (Live)" by Floetry
"Tyrone (Live)" by Erykah Badu

*Updated 12/20/09* Via Dezel on twitter I just got some great suggestions for artists to seed your station: Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, and Lena Horne. You'll find some nice tunes for sipping some sweet wine.

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alessandra said…
I didn't know it, thank you so much for sharing...it happens to me too, thinking something and then, after "some years", somebody create it, nice!
Mocha Dad said…
Pandora is great. I use it all the time.
Jennifer J said…
I'm excited for you and your Pandora discovery. It's an amazing tool that has helped me discover bands I would have otherwise never known about.
Lisa Johnson said…
alessandra - Welcome! Those discoveries are nice! ; )

mocha dad - I'll have to check out some of your stations, if you tweet them or if they're on your blog.

jennifer - I love the name Pandora too. I was always intrigued by the myth of Pandora's Box as a kid. And it's true about Pandora, once you try it, there's no going back!
Can-Can said…
Judging from your list, you'd enjoy my husband's internet radio station which has five streams of music. Check it out sometime: sun-music dot net.
Lisa Johnson said…
can-can - I definitely will! Thanks! ; )

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