I’m totally behind the times. Like…completely out of it…seriously. Almost as bad as my 84 year-old grandmother who when told in a computer class to move her mouse around on the screen, actually put the mouse on the monitor. I’m almost that bad. Well, maybe not that bad, but I think that I might actually be the last person on the planet to discover Pandora Radio. In my defense though, I don’t sit behind a computer screen at a desk in a cubicle all day where I’m dying escape that 8 hours a day by listening to my favorite artists. When I am looking at my computer screen, it’s usually at the kitchen counter amidst play-doh and preparing a meal, or during naptime where I’m doing good to grab an hour, or at bedtime while I’m half-watching an episode of Swamp People streamed over Netflix.
My husband is a tekkie. He works in IT (that’s “information technology” in case you didn’t know…and in real layman’s terms, that’s “computer geek.”) He knows all about anything technology and enjoys doing it all. Which means for me that I’ve pretty much turned that part of my brain to auto-pilot. I’m completely embarrassed to admit that I don’t even know how to put music on the new ipod nano that I got for my birthday. Seriously…no. freaking. clue.
It’s almost a wonder that I can manage this blog. And it’s gotten more tricky since I switched to wordpress too, but I’m learning, and I’m actually really having a good time learning more about some of the cool technology out there. We don’t have cable or satellite TV anymore either. Got rid of it back in January and have done netflix online and rented movies ever since. It’s been great and saved us $80 a month. My husband just got some new technology this weekend that lets us search on the TV just like it’s a giant computer. I’m completely fascinated, but haven’t understood how to use it. Don’t make fun of me…it’s not for lack of wanting to entirely either. He loves it, so as the old stereotype goes…my man is the controller of the remote. Which means, that unless I’m messing with it during the day (which I’m not,) then I don’t learn it.
Ok…I really am going somewhere with all of this.
Tonight I asked him to please let me “drive” the remote and learn how to “do” the TV with all the new internet features. I specifically wanted to learn how to work Pandora because I’ve heard about it and I really like the “genius” mode that mixes similar music together on my ipod (the older ipod that I never learned how to put music on either, but like to listen to in the kitchen.) He showed me how to find Pandora on the TV and set it up by picking an artist that I like and creating a station. I picked Norah Jones.
Seriously…what’s not to love about Norah Jones?! Anyone…Anyone….Bueller?! Love me some Norah Jones.
So this thing gets going and plays a mix of John Mayer (a song I hadn’t heard before that I said to my husband sounded like “John Mayer meets Otis Redding” (who I also LOVE) and lo and behold, 4 songs later I’m “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with Otis. Then, some Clapton gets mixed in, and a song I could listen to 20 times over called “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. Now Michael Buble is crooning, and did you know that Carla Bruni sings?!(yeah…the one who married Nicolas Sarkozy…president of France.) I re-discovered a song called “1234” by Feist that I’ve heard before and liked but had no clue who sang it or where I heard it.
No wonder it’s called Pandora…it’s a surprise every time you open it! (But in a good way…I’m pretty sure the real story of Pandora, something yucky came out of the box.) I’m so excited though! Music that I love finding more new music that I’ll love. Totally genius! And now I’ve finally been brought into the 21st century with the rest of you!
Congratulations to me…and if you didn’t know about it either, or haven’t tried it….I introduce you to Pandora Radio my friends. Might just be on my new list of favorite things!