2 Quick Music Plugs
This article pointed out that there has never been a better time for us old guys to find new music--the Internet has re-opened up the music world to those of us who don't spend hours listening to the radio, or watching MTV, or its musical equivalents.
I occasionally go into iTunes and do a search for my favorite artists in the playlists section--the area where celebrities and regular people post thematic playlists-- then I check out the other artists they list, to see if I can find somebody similar to, but different than, my old favorites.
That said, check out www.pandora.com, one of the sites recommended by the article I read. It is simply great!
The founders started with a simple premise-- that music could be decoded like a genetic scientist lays out DNA. Indeed, they called it the Music Genome Project.
They've taken tens of thousands of songs and mapped out their content. For instance, they identify acoustic v. electric guitar, heavy drums or organ, harmonies, etc. But in a very sophisticated way.
So how does the site work? Simply and easily. You tell it the name of a favorite song or artist. They then build for you a "radio station" with artists and songs generally similar to your's. You then can just listen away, or you can help the station be "refined" by clicking a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a particular song. This helps the site hone in on what you really like.
I started a station based on John Gorka, a great folk singer. Over the course of last weekend, I continued to refine the station by giving my input to songs. Nothing complicated, just a couple of clicks.
One of the choices you have during the playing of a song is to ask Pandora why it's playing this particular song. The one I'm listening to now was chosen because "Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features folk roots, acoustic sonority, demanding instrumental part writing, thru composed melodic style and major key tonality."
Who knew my tatse in music was so refined? After tweaking first ten or so songs I don't think they've played a bad one yet. And I've found at least one artist I know I'll buy, and perhaps see in concert.
Pandora.com. Check it out. I give it 2 thumbs up!
And plug number two is for the delightful Nadine Goellner whose live CD is in pre-release. Check out her web site, listen to some cuts and see what you think. I'd give her more than two thumbs up, but, alas, I've only two hands!