I'm mellowing out to the sounds of some smooth jazz. The soft, rhythmic strains of The Rippingtons are the perfect backdrop to computer time...or scrapbook time...or just about any time. It's not on the iPod, although you'd find The Rippingtons on my iPod. I can listen to the little gadget for a while but before long the earbuds start to bother me. And for several years the music flowed from my little XM radio. Channel 71...Watercolors. Just the name sounds smooth and relaxing, doesn't it. But my music tonight isn't coming from there either.
Tonight, as has become the habit lately, I'm tuned into Pandora Radio onthe Internet. I'm probably the last person on the planet to discover Pandora but now that I have I'm in love. It's my own custom radio station playing just the songs I like to hear with minimal interruption. I like to think of it as myTunes...what could be better than that?
On my first visit, I simply entered the names of some of my favorite artists...David Sanborn, Fourplay, Mindi Abair. Pandora draws on its huge database and plays music from only only those talented people but also from others with a similar style. You can give each tune a thumbs up to tell Pandora you like the song and to play more like it, or a thumbs down and Pandora will apologize and tell you it will never play that song again. There are some general musical categories too but I like the idea of zeroing in on music I know I enjoy.
There are some other fun features as well. Feel like jazz today and hip hop tomorrow? No problem...you can create multiple stations to fit your every mood. You can bookmark songs you really, really like then buy them through iTunes. And you can even create a custom station and e-mail the link to it to a friend.
And it's all free. Yep...I've become a huge fan of Pandora.
So while I'm grooving to a little Chris Botti I'll solve the riddle from yesterday of who picked which shirts. Wayne chose the dark blue one (but I loved it, too) and the white one with stripes. I'll take the credit/blame for the bright green one (it looks great with navy slacks) and the plain white one. White goes with everything and is the coolest color in the summer heat.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to hum along with Dave Koz while I wrap up my Internet time. You could be listening to Dave too...just head over to Pandora and put make your own myTunes.