Okay, I said it before, but Laura, you rock. I’m having a blast with Pandora Internet Radio.
I’ve set up several stations but I keep going back to a few because I’ve discovered new bands and as most of you know, there’s nothing I like better. (Okay, except getting lost in the writing zone and clearing a chapter… or book.)
But I’ll give you a for instance. I typed in Massive Attack and first Pandora gives a description of the music, then they pull up similar artists. My ears were pleasured this morning by Portishead, Beth Orton and oh man, VNV Nation’s Carbon from Futureperfect!
I’ve been a trip hop dweeb forever. I asked for trip hop back when music store clerks would go “huh?” Okay, yeah, some of them still do that, but not everyone can stay on top of things, right?
But, it’s wonderful to be able to type in a band name and have music tailored to that style come up in all its new or old glory.
My other favorite stations so far are Murcof, Mogwai, Sigur Ros and of course, as always, I must mention Over the Rhine. I’ve written about them a lot, including here . In fact, I was going over the Art and Music category to the right and I’ve covered quite a bit of music here. Mood music for writing, etc.
Anyway, the Over the Rhine station is great! They’ve played artists I’ve tooted on this blog like Vienna Teng, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap and even the Bodeans! Right now, I’m listening to Freed by Tracy Bonham. I still own a copy of her CD The Burdens of Being Upright. Been a long time since I explored what Tracy has been doing.
I also find a bit of amusement in the music descriptions. I typed in Kidneythieves this morning and they bring up the electronic and tech influences with the hilarious addition of “extensive vamping.” LOL!
So, next is one of my other favorites, Anathema and then I might type in Billie Holiday and see what comes up.
Oh, and I am not slacking on the writing, so hush. I’ve actually critiqued several fantastic chapters from Rachel and finished up another of my own. Good music in the background is essential to the creative spirit. Mine anyway. Cheers!