Wanting some music guaranteed to suit your tastes - all of them!
I treasure my Edinburgh Coffee Morning coffees, organised by Mike and attended by some really varied folk (but there should be more girls coming along - why are all ad people, designers, marketers, the unemployed and geeks male?). I make some of my best tech discoveries there.
This week, wonderfully summarised by Jamie and in photos by Mike, I made the discovery the year - for me, at least. Pandora is a music radio site where you make up the station based on one song or artist that you like. In my first go at it Paul Simon was the only inspiration to come to me. Yet, within minutes I had a selection of songs that tonally, vocally, harmoniously, rhythmically and stylistically matched my favourite Simon songs. This is personalised radio and some. You've got to try it out.
It really is educational
It got me thinking about music classes where teachers search for genre and then need as many examples as possible. This is the perfect tool and there's not any of this 30 second of the track nonsense. You have the whole deal, all of it, and then more of where that came from. It's useful even those of us just looking for some consistently same-ish non-distracting music for our creative lessons (I was one of those awful teachers that played French radio as my class worked away - they liked it and found flow, so I stuck with it).