Music Update

I don’t want you to be concerned but I have been listening to a lot of Country music on No Shoes Radio on SiriusXM lately.  Maybe it was the great trip we had to Nashville that changed my ears as Country music has never been my thing but I keep coming back to the eclectic playlist on NSR. First of all, it has lots of live tracks and second, it does not repeat too often which makes great listening on long road trips.

So in the spirit of NSR here are a few country songs that have been bending my ear of late:

I don’t watch much TV but I might enjoy seeing Blake and Adam battle it out on the Voice 🙂

Justin and Chris just kill it…

This is where it might get uncomfortable for you. I LOVE the lyrics of this Luke Combs song. Its ok if you have to unfriend me on Twitter and Facebook…it is what it is…

And my favorite Kenny Chesney song with Vermont’s own Grace Potter…

Add a little Merry into your Season

Too much fake news in your life lately? Down on the internet… here are a few clips to add a smile to the end of your 2016:

Wait for 2:08 its worth it…

 

 

If you feel like doing a little good on the internet all donations to Khan Academy are being matched through Dec 31st…

 

Merry…Merry to you and yours…may there be song, smiles, and learning in your 2017!

Spotify Review

I was an early Spotify listener as I simply paid the full boat $9.99 package. I’ve been using it about 50% of the time vs. my usual listening to last.fm on the Sonos.

The good:

– I love being able to hear an entire album of new music start to finish without buying the album. Then typically I find myself buying the tracks I want. I travel too much to not have music loaded on my ipad for those flights where you are stuck in a middle seat for 2 hours on the ramp at o’hare. Plus, it is important to support the artists I like.

– The ability to send music like email is fantastic. I need to use it more. I see a lot of possibilities with this over time.

– Browsing others playlists on facebook is nice but can also be scary to see what your co-workers are listen to.

The bad:

– Hard to manage music. It loads your playlists from iTunes but it does not really work. You need the ability to buy a track and add to iTunes playlist/library directly. Ie set one master library rather than having two.

– They don’t have all the music you want to hear.

– Their new music area can be shallow with the same set of albums coming up. I’m sure they will improve the music discovery. It needs to learn like Last.fm or itunes what you listen to and like. If they merged with turntable.fm and 8tracks I’d be in heaven.

In the end I would recommend Spotify. It remains to be seen if I’ll be paying for it in six months with Apple’s cloud service coming out or drop down to the free level and lose the ability to play Spotify on the Sonos.