From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the Holidays

The holidays are a very important time for us at Pandora and we strive to offer something festive for everyone. Did you know that we have 465 recordings of “Silent Night” alone – and 240 version of the classic “White Christmas”? Whether you started listening to holiday music the day after Halloween or you decided to hold off until your first turkey sandwich, we wanted to provide you with a full rundown of the 22 holiday stations we are offering this year.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Thanksgiving Listening

What do you enjoy the most about Thanksgiving? Maybe you’re back from school for the first time, visiting family and friends or maybe you’re hosting a feast of food, football and family fun. No matter what your plans are for this Thanksgiving holiday, our curators have come up with some great station options to be your personal soundtrack on Thanksgiving Day. Give one of these stations a listen and then let the tryptophan take over:

Thanksgiving Day: An eclectic mix of everyone from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Adam Sandler and Mumford and Sons. Listen while cooking, enjoying family and friends or when you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Mexican Independence Day

¡Qué viva México! Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of Mexico’s Independence! On this, the 202nd anniversary of its independence, check out our Mexican Independence Day station! Pandora offers up an eclectic mix, which crosses genres and boundaries, highlighting the incredible richness and diversity of Mexican cultura and its varied musical expressions. Whether you’re festejando with family and friends at a house party, or enjoying an intimate dinner with your loved ones, we’ve got the perfect selections to set the ambiente, no matter what your mood is this 16 de septiembre!
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Happy Fourth of July from Pandora!

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our great country, with fireworks, American flags, cookouts, BBQs and, of course, music!

Fireworks.JPGWe’ve got a 4th of July station that features a compilation of patriotic songs from your favorite artists across Country, Rock, Pop and R&B genres. It might be the perfect soundtrack as you celebrate Independence Day with family, friends and neighbors.

Or, you can create your own Fourth of July station by picking one of these songs as a starting point, or pick a few of them, like I did, and hear a mix of genres:
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Holiday Music

Year after year, we are consistently blown away by the popularity of Holiday music on Pandora. This year we thought it would be fun to survey some of our users to get their perspective on Holiday music and we found that just as we suspected, they certainly do have a sense of humor!

Check out the questions and results, below. We are sure you will be feeling full of good cheer (and maybe even “Eggnoggy”) by the time you’re finished reading…
Happy Holidays and Happy Listening!
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ON HALLOWEEN MUSIC: Wendy, Carrie and Igor

jack-nicholson-1.jpgShining
There’s nothing like getting a raucous scare from music. Unless it’s doubled with a good scare in a movie. For me it really hasn’t gotten much creepier than The Shining‘s opening scene. And it all starts with the incredibly sinister music of the brilliant Wendy Carlos. An otherwise lovely scenic drive through the mountains is made ominous with Wendy’s creeeeepy score, instantly foretelling the nightmare that will descend in the next few hours. This post is about scary music in drama, all of which can be heard on the jarring classical mixtape Haunt Your House, created by Russell Johnson and me here at Pandora …
Wendy carlos.jpgFrom Weird to Creepy: Switched From Bach
Analog synth sounds are famous for being weird, so it’s barely a skip over to ‘creepy’ for them. Wendy Carlos had already created a smorgasbord of curious Moog synth sounds on her landmark, genre-bending album Switched-on Bach. Apparently back in ’68, classical had to be Mooged in order to really sell: An all-Moog Bach album, it was the first classical LP to go platinum. Bach’s style is often dominated by counterpoint: the compositional technique of having 2 or more melodic lines going at once. If instruments were voices, a Bach fugue would sound like 2-5 people blabbering away at the same time. So hearing a gaggle of funky Moog sounds executing a contrapuntal Bach piece makes for some very entertaining, often silly musical conversations. She also Mooged Beethoven in A Clockwork Orange.
From there it was just a hop over to full-blown creepland:


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