A co-worker recently told me about a personalized Internet radio service called Pandora that helps you find and hear music based on your favorite composers. Not sure why they called it Pandora, since she opened up a world of trouble. Is it worth investigating? Or nothing more than a world of trouble?
Curious in Cut Bank, Montana
Funny you should ask about Pandora. I only started using Pandora last month. Despite the name–almost a misnomer–I find it a very agreeable service. Lately, it’s almost impossible to load a whole day’s worth of music on the stereo. Sometimes, I never know what to choose–must be my advanced years creeping up on me.
With Pandora, all I do is plug in the composers I want to hear, and it supplies the artists and orchestras. It’s like getting a gift you don’t expect, as they trot out Renata Tebaldi singing Meyerbeer or the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse performing Carmen, which is what I’m listening to right now. I love getting pleasant little surprises throughout my day and not having to fuss whatsoever to obtain them. My dogs and my garden need daily attention, so Pandora is a pleasureable timesaver for me. As long as you don’t exceed forty hours per month, it remains free–perfect for someone on a fixed income or watching their pennies.
I say, give it a try. It’s easy to use and fun to be surprised by a recording you’ve forgotten about.
Dr. Richard Rohrer