Pandora’s Box

Let me tell you how I spend my day. I get up in the morning, do the routine stuff like brushing teeth and showering, get dressed, hop in the car and go to work.

When I get to work, I power up the laptop, grab a cup of joe, maybe grab some wheat toast, plop down at my desk, put on the earphones, fire up Pandora and get down to business.

Pandora is my friend all day long. I listen to everything from country to hip-hop to music from the 70s and the 80s. I listen to Metallica and Motorhead and then switch over to Seal and Sade. I listen to The Clash and Cheap Trick and switch over to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I listen to Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett and switch over to Foo Fighters or Uncle Tupelo or Mason Jennings or Norah Jones or Michael Buble. It’s awesome.

If I hear a song I like or a new artist I’m curious about, I create a whole new station based on that one item and while away the hours following threads of music, finding new songs I enjoy. I thumb things up, I thumb things down and bookmark songs for later research and consumption.

Anything by Coldplay gets an automatic thumbs down, by the way. Ditto for Snow Patrol. I have wide and varied musical tastes, but I’m not without my limits. Go cry somewhere else, Emo boy.

I don’t like The Killers either. That dudes voice gets the hell on my nerves.

Anyway, occasionally I find something worth purchasing. That’s when I turn to Amazon.com. I only buy music that is free of digital right’s management encumbrance and Amazon, besides being one of my favorite sites, makes it easy, does it cheaply, has most everything I want to find and doesn’t make me install memory-hogging bloatware. (Are you feeling me, iTunes?) Amazon always gets my business for movie downloads and most of my other Christmas shopping but that’s another post for another day.

Tonight’s purchase is “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne. He shows up on several of my Pandora stations and I always seem to like his stuff. “Hannah”, from album above, is a song I find myself singing or humming hours after listening. Something about his voice gets in your head. It’s probably trite to call it “haunting” but I think the word fits. Maybe it’s just husky. I dunno.

The good news is that, through the magic of the internet, you can listen for free. I was going to send you to Free Napster, a site I use to screen music before purchase, but find it’s easier to just embed the YouTube video.

The video is obnoxious, amateurish and distracting but the recording quality isn’t too poor if you just want to listen.

Enjoy. And let me know if you want me to burn you a copy of the CD.

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