The Crone’s life is revolutionized by her iphone and her favorite app–Pandora. Pandora, for those who haven’t come across it, is a sort of digital deejay. You tell it one singer or song you like, and it puts together a playlist of similar artists and music it cleverly knows you’ll come to love. It’s brilliant.
The Crone sort of lost the music habit back about 1997 and, even then, she was hardly up to date. A combination of technophobia and grief did her in. She was too confused to update her ancient Sony music center, and too miserable to listen to music anyway, so she just gave up. But now she has Pandora, a knowledgeable friend devoted to her listening pleasure. This is how it works: First you download Pandora to your computer or phone (it’s free) and then you type in the name of someone you like–Eartha Kitt, or Merle Haggard, or Neil Young or Buffy Ste Marie to name just a few of the Crone’s choices ( see, really seriously out of date)–and then Pandora sets you up with about 2 hours of play featuring your favorite and others in the same genre. It’s still free at this point. You get the name of each artist, the name of the song, and some info about why Pandora picked it. By this means, the Crone has come to know and love Kate Wolf, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Guy Clark, none of whom she’d ever heard of before. She suddenly caught up with the Cranberries, and Sarah McLachlan and Carmen McRae (Good Morning Heartache) none of whom were getting much play in the Blarney abode which Hansel and Gretel treat as a Lil Wayne House of Worship. She’s had hours of pleasure listening to music in the genre of Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Mary Black and the Temptations. She knew she was seriously hooked when she found herself clutching her iphone so as not to miss Alison Krauss and Johnny Cash tonight while watering the garden.
Now, of course you’re meant to go to itunes and pay to download albums or tracks once you’ve found something you like, and this is where the founder of Pandora Tim Westergren may be disappointed in the Crone, for she has no desire to download. For her, the pleasure is in having her own personal party mix, different day in and day out.
Honestly, if you haven’t tried it, get started. It’ll change your life. At the very least, it’ll give you respite from the radio stations where Michael Jackson (God rest his troubled soul) is currently playing on a loop.