Upcoming Town Halls in Denver and Atlanta

Hey all -

We’re having Pandora town-halls in Denver and Atlanta next week. If you’re in one of those cities and haven’t gotten your email invite, send a note to ‘tour@pandora.com’ and we’ll put you on the list.

Town halls are a big part of what Pandora is about. They continue to be wonderful opportunities for us meet and communicate directly with listeners.

We love feedback and people at Pandora events often weigh in on how Pandora should look in the future. In addition, I talk a bit about some company history, as well as a look under the hood of the music genome, and our latest thinking about the future. The questions and discussions always cover a wide range of topics – from how the music genome project works, to licensing, to the latest device updates. Everything is fair game! Read More →

Secret Insights into the world of Jazz Drumming

The “Musicology Show” is back, with a new show about jazz drumming. Pandora music analyst Jeff Anthony pulls back the curtain on our jazz genome to show us the signature styles of Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and “Philly Joe” Jones — arguably three of the greatest drummers who ever picked up sticks.

This show was edited and recorded by Tyler Brown at Bellboy Recording, a studio that has served as home to many fine Bay Area jazz recordings.

As always, it’s free to subscribe to “The Musicology Show” in iTunes or in any other feedcatcher (Google Reader, Juice, etc.)

Just scroll down on the main podcast page to hear those 50 earlier episodes, or jump straight to the category pages for Composition, Styles, Singing, Instruments and Rhythm.

Happy Holidays from Pandora

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Merry Christmas and all that jazz.
I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season so far!
Here’s some great holiday stations we’ve made for you:
Rockin’ Holidays
Peaceful Holidays
Swingin’ Christmas
Jazz Holidays
A Classical Christmas
There’s many more holiday stations, including Hanukkah, here.

To make your own holiday station from scratch, all you have to do is type in the name of an artist + the word holiday. Like so:
Ray Charles Holiday
Nat King Cole Holiday
Harry Connick Jr. Holiday
Vince Guaraldi Trio Holiday (A Charlie Brown Christmas!)
Mariah Carey Holiday
Vienna Boys Choir Holiday
Or, you can start a station from a holiday song, picking which version you’d like:
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White Christmas
Angels We Have Heard On High
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Santa Baby

From all of us here at Pandora to all of you out there enjoying the music, Happy Holidays!
— Lucia
(community manager)

Global Giving, and a Choice of Pandora Gifts

For this week only, we are offering these three artist-designed Pandora posters as gifts. One or all of these can be yours if you donate to Global Giving, a charitable group that supports three different music-education programs.


Grand Prize Winner

Mapping Out Music

Artist: Amanda Tafuro
www.drivengraphics.com

Runner-up

Music that moves you

Artist: Jason Wyatt
www.jasonwyatt.com

Editor’s Choice

Music = Creativity

Artist: Luis Medel
Online Portfolio

Please donate now to one of our Global Giving projects to get a poster. With a minimum $10 donation, you can select which poster to receive. Donate at least $20 and receive all three. Paper the whole place!

Kevin
(executive producer)

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Holidays!
This year, we’re delighted to present a Hanukkah station on Pandora.
Also known as “The Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah begins this year on December 11 at sundown.
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This is a special, curated station that solely features Hanukkah-related music. While you won’t be able to personalize it like other Pandora stations, we hope that the music we’ve collected adds to the fun and festivity of your celebrations. Enjoy the music, light the lights, and have a wonderful Hanukkah.
Jem
Listener Advocate & Hanukkah station music curator

…For those who are looking for Christmas music, you’ll find some here.

On the Road :: Green Collar Music :: Vol. 1

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When I was a little kid, my dad was a working musician playing most nights in smoky country Honky Tonks for line dancers. I saw firsthand how much hard work goes into music, with often very little return. Instead of seeking another avenue in life, I jumped right in as soon as I was old enough. Since then I’ve recorded and toured with several bands and am constantly seeking gratification through music. Where does this gratification come from, given the constant hardships encountered?

You are in your mid-twenties and you are on the road…
BUZZZ BUZZZZ! You poke your head out of the sleeping bag to discover your cell phone vibrating; it’s already 5:30am. Most of your three hour “sleep” was spent wrestling with your host’s Labrador on the living room’s shag carpet; apparently he isn’t into sharing his floor.

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Giving Thanks :: Music For Living :: Vol. 4

tgif_mixtape.jpgMuch as Pandora is specifically an American radio service (at least for now), Thanksgiving is specifically an American holiday. It’s a day that celebrates the diplomatic gesture of peacemaking between cultures, and it reminds us that we’re all a part of something much larger than ourselves.
We all have reasons to be thankful: for our health, for our families and friends, for our jobs if we’re fortunate enough to be employed, and for any number of other blessings.
As Americans, however, we can also look at this day as an opportunity to be thankful for being Americans, and as a chance to thank those families who sacrifice on our behalf. Without military families — not just those in the armed forces, but also their relatives, who move from base to base with or without the servicemen and servicewomen they love — this grand American experiment in multicultural democracy and free speech simply wouldn’t work.
This week’s station is a party station, and it’s all about being Thankful. The station is based in soul and funk music; both are styles of music that Americans helped bring to the world. Turn it up, dish up some more stuffing, and let’s bring those troops home safely. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
Kevin
(executive producer)

Music as Food Pt. 2 :: Play Listen Repeat :: Vol. 46

nutrient.jpgIf music be the food of love, play on —Shakespeare
Harmony is meant to correct any discord which may have arisen in the courses of the soul… rhythm too was given for the same reason… —Plato
It is by the Odes that a man’s mind is aroused, by the rules of ritual that his character is established, and by music that he is perfected. . . . —Confucius
The Culinary Metaphor Pt. 1: Music and Nutrition
In my previous post I wrote about using food metaphors as a kind of oblique strategy for discussing music. Let’s get more specific, to explore the method to this madness. Today’s angle: nutrition.
Music: Nourishment and Poison
The American Heritage Dictionary defines nutrition as “the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissue.”
Plato and Confucius would have liked that. For them, music existed to guide and improve human beings, and the right and wrong musics created good and bad people, respectively. Medieval musical thinkers and composers avoided the tritone (the augmented fourth interval) because many thought it to be of Satanic and therefore dangerous origin. And in the 1980’s, Tipper Gore’s PMRC based their campaign to place parental warning labels on recordings on the idea that it is necessary to “protect” listeners from certain kinds of music.

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TGIF! :: Music For Living :: Vol. 3

tgif_mixtape.jpgThis week’s station: TGIF! – Thank Goodness It’s Friday!.
It is important to celebrate the springboard of the weekend… Friday! Not only do Fridays complete our work week, they are manifestations of our own unique mini-vacations. From partying to relaxing, we all have our own way of enjoying our much deserved days off from reality.
In this mix you will find a range of songs that all have a common ground of inspiration. Connecting us with friends, love, good vibes and freedom, Friday is the universal day that we long for each and every week.
The goal is to keep you out late. Meet that someone special. Let loose on the dance floor. Reconnect with old friends and reminisce in the midst of creating new memories. Roll down your car windows and turn up the volume. Turn off the tube, put your feet up, and do your thing. Just make sure your weekend is memorable!
Daniel J. Craig
(music operations, ripper)