Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pandora's Box

Not really.

But kinda.

I love listening to Pandora through my computer.

Especially now that it is the holidays.

You can get really specific with your radio station choices like

Ray Charles Holiday 
(so great)

or Harry Connick Jr. Holiday 

or Bare Naked Ladies Holiday
(just lovely).
Stay with me. I am talking about the musical group.

If you don't know, you can suggest a "type" of radio station suggestion and Pandora will play everything like that.

That is how we got to hear an incredible version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Louis Armstrong and Etta James.

Out. Standing.

Even better, you can give each song a thumbs up or thumbs down so they can remember to play that one next time you select that radio station or never play it again.

I selected Bare Naked Ladies Holiday today and got to hear Sting sing "I Saw Three Ships".


But then Adele started singing about fire and rain.


While I do love me some Adele, 
not on my holiday station 
unless she is decking the halls 
or oh holy nighting it.

Thumbs down.

My sister-in-law has a theory that no matter WHAT musician you select for a radio station, Pandora will ALWAYS throw in a Jack Johnson song.

We've tested her theory and found,
outside of the holiday season, 
it to be true.

Choose Brad Paisley radio?

Jack Johnson will be crooning in 7 or 8 songs.

 Feeling like 80s radio?

Jack will be jamming his Curious George soundtrack in 20-30 minutes.

It doesn't work the other way, though.

Choose Jack Johnson?

You get Jack Johnson.

Last year, while listening to Bare Naked Ladies Holiday,
 ahem, let's just call it BNL from now on

 a song came on about a snowman.


Read the lyrics:

by BNL

Made of snow, I don't know
How I fit in
To and fro, people go
I stand and grin
Way to go, even though
I can't begin
Made of snow, I don't know
How I fit in

Ever cold, love untold
I don't belong
Have and hold, so untold
I think they're wrong
Heart of gold, grownin' old
Just like the song
Ever cold, love untold
I don't belong

Button eyes, lullabys,
I melt away
Criticized, compromised
White turns to grey
I'm paralyzed, otherwise
I'd leave today
Button eyes, lullabys,
I melt away

Made of snow, I don't know
How I fit in
Ever cold, love untold
I don't fit in
Button eyes, lullabys,
I don't fit in
Made of snow, I don't know
How I fit in

Go to iTunes and listen to it right now.


I'll wait.

It has a Captain & Tennille "Muskrat Love" feel to it, doesn't it?

It takes itself a bit too seriously. 

I mean, the snowman is lonely AND paralyzed?

But I LOVE it!

Monte learned all the words and made us listen to him sing it 

and over 
and over 
last Christmas season.

That is why I love Pandora. 

You never know what is going to come on.

While you are hanging out in iTunes listen to their "Footprints" song too.

Same kind of thing of feeling sorry for the poor lonely footprints.

I don't think they are paralyzed but I better go listen to it to be sure just how to pity them.


  1. Anonymous8:37 PM

    Hey! Am I the recipient of the sis-in-law shout out?!!! :) Gretchen

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  3. YES, yes you are, Gretchen! I tell people your Jack Johnson theory all the time. It holds up.


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