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Nov 14, 07:23 PM · from the mouth of Jim

I’ve only been mucking around for a little while now, but Pandora seems to have a ton of potential for some neat music discovery. It looks like they even have an ad. driven free version. I foresee signing up…


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  1. Jim responds with:

    Did I mention that it’s also just really kinda cool that such a project has been birthed?

    · Nov 14, 07:27 PM
  2. TyTy responds with:

    Yeah, I’ve toodled with Pandora a bit, but haven’t really gotten into it. Agreed though, it’s great for discovering new music.

    Speaking of new music: I got the new Tenacious D album, the soundtrack to their movie, The Pick of Destiny. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but so far it’s really good. Not only is it funny, it’s really great musically.

    Also speaking of music: You guys may make fun of me for this. But I’ve been listening to two really good children’s albums recently. I know, heckle all you want. But I’m going to have a new family member soon, and the first thing I bought for our new bundle of joy was music. The seecond thing we got him/her was books. So that goes to show what kind of person this is going to be! ...Anyway, about a month ago, I heard an interview on NPR with Elizabeth Mitchell, a folk singer from NYC. Actually, you can listen to that story here. And I recommend that you do, too. Great stuff. Anyway, I got her CD, which is superb. If all you think of when you hear the words “children’s music” is Raffi and Barney, you’re in for a surprise. She does folk music, and she’s got a beautiful voice. She’s even revamped a few classic rock songs for kids, like Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On.”

    The other CD I’ve been listening to has been one that Elizabeth Mitchell (see above) did with Lisa Loeb. The two are old college friends from Brown University. Their collaborative CD is called “Catch the Moon,” and includes various classics (like Twinkle Twinkle) and some new songs. Really great stuff.

    Yeah, I know it’s a little early to be buying my son or daughter music, seeing as he/she is currently the size of a plum. But it’s never too early to invest in your child’s future, right? Right.

    · Nov 15, 05:10 PM
  3. Andy responds with:

    Tyty, you’re absolutely right – it’s NEVER too early to invest in your kid’s future (so long as you’re expecting one!)

    Your kid is already way ahead of many of my prime-time TV-fed 5th graders, just by being your kid! It’s very true in my experience that the apples really don’t fall far from the trees.

    Anyhoo, I just breezed into Pandora and am loving it already. I naturally started off with a Radiohead station! I wish I had more time to spend listening to music – unfortunately my chosen profession requires me to work in silence far too often. Stupid conducting.

    BTW, in case I haven’t told anybody, I’m getting another master’s degree, this time in Wind Conducting (that’s band) from Hofstra University. It’s part time, so I still get to work. I start in the spring and should be done in a couple years.

    · Nov 15, 08:54 PM
  4. Jim responds with:

    lol – I too started with a Radiohead station and then expanded from there. So far my opinion is nothing but good for this service (though I’ve found that after about 1.5 hours it does get a tiny bit monotonous (do dooo do doo doot.) I’ve already (re)discovered some bands that may qualm my need for freshness in music land.

    Another degree!!? Sheesh, you wanna go get one for me while you’re at it? – obviously you dig the edumacation stuff. :) You’re sick man… sick.

    Yay, baby Tyty (a.k.a. Baby Bing) is already brewing properly. I applaud thee for purchasing music and books. I absolutely agree with Andrew – it’s never too early as long as you’ve got something in the oven. I firmly believe that music, vibration, dogs, etc. while in the womb have the same effect on a baby as being exposed to several languages before he/she can speak. He/she may not necessarily speak two languages as a child, but when he/she tries to learn another in high school, the learning curve is much less steep.

    · Nov 16, 05:11 AM
  5. Iak responds with:

    I’ve seen Pandora but I haven’t played with it much. I do have archiving all the ridiculous music I listen to.

    Ya know what kinda ridiculous standards that I’ve set for myself and any future offspring? Things that, though I obviously have time to master, I will probably never fully accomplish.

    Lots and lots of music, I’ve wanted to learn the guitar because while I wouldn’t mind drummers, it’s a little hard to sing them to sleep. ;)

    And learning another language, preferably starting with Irish.

    I’d love to have kids who love learning for learning’s sake.

    · Nov 16, 02:49 PM
  6. Iak responds with:

    Maybe they’ll be smarter than their old man and realize when they’re using the word ridiculous two sentences in a row. ;)

    · Nov 16, 02:50 PM
  7. Andy responds with:

    Jimmy’s female ought to back me up on this: teachers are expected to be constantly re-educated. So I’d have to go back to school eventually – I found this program and am very excited about it. Also, it turns out that if I get 17 more credits I get a substantial pay raise! You might say I’m investing in my future…

    Anyhoo, I now have a complaint about Pandora: no classical music! Granted, I was looking for something quite obscure: one of my favorite band composers, Frank Ticheli, but then I went for more familiar targets: Shostakovich, then Mozart. Nothing! I must say this is a huge disappointment – here is a project that is supposed to open people up to new music, and the music that forms the foundation of our entire concept of what music is isn’t represented! So much modern popular has at least some roots in classical music – if you don’t believe me, listen to Terry Gross’s interview with the Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek for a snippet of evidence.

    I’d love to see Pandora open up to classical music eventually – they say that hopefully it will be coming soon!

    · Nov 16, 03:27 PM
  8. Andy responds with:

    Jake, I totally agree with your last statement – learning for learning’s sake. I don’t know if the rest of you feel this way, but I trace my firm belief in that principle to Mr. Adams, and it’s part of the reason I’m a music teacher.

    Anyhoo, something to try on Pandora – I set up a “Sigur Ros” station and so far it’s played an unbelievably eclectic mix of music, from ambient to funk – exactly the sort of variety I was hoping for. I know I was complaining about it a moment ago, but it still has a lot to offer!

    · Nov 16, 03:35 PM
  9. Jim's Girlie responds with:

    Yes, I will totally back you up Andy… teachers are expected to be re-educated all the time… things change in the education world so frequently that if we didn’t, the 30 year veteran teachers would be teaching things completely different from the first year teachers!

    Don’t worry, Jimmy will make fun of me too when I get a masters or maybe even add a major onto my bachelor’s degree… ;o)

    At least in Colorado, a teacher has to renew his/her license every 5 years and in order to do so they must have at least 6 credit hours of “recertification credit”... which can be obtained either through teaching conferences or taking more classes at a university.

    Tyty- I’m so proud of you for the music and the books. What a lucky baby. You should write that down and start taking pictures of it all now as part of the baby book. Pregnancy pics, getting ready… it will be fun! You can now make digital albums through Shutterfly and one of those would be amazing for the little one…

    ANDY- I’ve been trying to gather music to play for the kiddos during writing time… of course I’ve got Jim’s collection of the “classic” classical music and Fantasia (and Narnia haha)... but I was hoping to add some spice without adding lyrics or distractions. Maybe something that isn’t from a western culture… know of anything African, Indian, Asian that would be good?

    In other news, today was the last day of my solo (meaning I do everything by myself) in student teaching! I can’t believe how quickly the time went by. When we get back from Thanksgiving Break (We get a whole week! I’m stoked! I’ll be grading papers and working on my work sample and online course the whole time though LoL so don’t get jealous) there are only 3 weeks until Winter Break. It’s crazy.

    K I love and miss you all, bye bye.

    · Nov 18, 01:59 PM
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