Works for Me Wednesday…Holiday Music on Pandora

Do you love music?

I do!! Can’t sing much, can’t play much, but I do listen much. I especially love holiday music playing in my home while I busy myself with crafts, cooking and kids! As much as I love holiday music, how many versions of “O Holy Night” can there be? And how many ways can “What Child is This” be arranged and performed…tastefully? And my poor Amy Grant holiday CDs are so scratched from being drug from the van to the house to the playroom…do I really want to buy another copy (my 3rd) only to listen to it for about 13 more days? Hmm…how to solve the dilemma?

Dilemma solved…Pandora radio from the Music Genome Project is a free internet radio site I discovered last summer:

Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you’ll love. It’s powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a crazy project started back in early 2000 to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians. Just tell us one of your favorite songs or artists and we’ll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the musical universe. The name Pandora means “all gifted” in Greek. In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora received many gifts from the gods, including the gift of music, from Apollo. She was also, as we all know, insatiably curious. Unlike those gods of old, however, we celebrate that virtue and have made it our mission to reward the musically curious among us with a never-ending experience of music discovery. It’s also important to note that at the bottom of Pandora’s box was Hope…

I have had the pleasure of listening to many of my favorite musical genres…folk, country, contemporary Christian, ’80s, classical, alternative, jazz. Registration is free, I don’t receive tons of annoying emails or spam and if you hear a song you absolutely have to own Pandora has links to itunes and amazon. Register (for free) and begin creating your own radio station. No commercials, family friendly and only the music you like! You guide Pandora with thumbs up or down to the next song! The FAQ link here can answer any questions you might have regarding registration, music licensing, software or hardware requirements, etc.

And Pandora’s latest and greatest addition…holiday music!! I don’t have to purchase anything, yet I am able to enjoy my favorite holiday music from Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, Manheim Steamroller, John Tesh and other favorites while discovering new artists…commercial free. I am hooked!

Rocks in My Dryer hosts Works for Me Wednesday…this is my first time participating, although I have lurked for a long time. Follow the link to see other creative ideas from Works for Me Wednesday bloggers. You will soon see why this blog carnival continues to grow and grow and grow…

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2 responses to “Works for Me Wednesday…Holiday Music on Pandora

  1. mummymac

    This is BRILLIANT – thanks for posting this.

  2. Ann

    I love Pandora…thanks for checking out WFMW. A word of caution on the Pandora site…I forgot about it until just now…you may have noticed side ads…once in a while I think there’s one for Bud Light…no it’s there a lot…I just checked. For the past few days the “ad” has been Honda.

    Anywhoo… If you find the ad offensive you can do a couple of things:

    1.) there’s an icon on the top row above the music player next to the ‘help’ button which you can select and only the player is visible

    2.) refresh the screen until the ad changes to Honda or something else

    3.)turn off the monitor, switch tabs, switch windows, etc.

    4.) go to the next song or make some type of other adjustment on the screen and the ad changes

    5.)email Pandora and ask them not to sell ads to Anheuser-Busch

    6.)not use Pandora at all…there’s always the radio

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