Always love the New Jersey Transit rides. California desperately needs this kind of public transportation. Thanks, Lou for picking me up at the train station. Much appreciated.
Another fun evening with Pandora listeners. Particularly pleased to have so many undergrads from the local university present. Thanks to all the student groups that helped put it together – Business Today, the Princeton Pre-Business Society and the Princeton E-Club.
Quite a motivated bunch of students… particularly when I found out it was rush week so everyone had been pulling consecutive all-nighters… oh to be young…
Quite a bit of discussion about lyrics, something I definitely consider a weak spot in the genome. Particularly in country and folk, definitely a sense that we need help. It’s a tough one to tackle with music analysis because it’s such a subjective thing. Hard to get 50 analysts to agree on a song’s meaning.
Also more discussion of user-generated data, in particular the use of more perceptual/sensory terms, rather than musical ones to allow a new dimension of classifications (eg. hot or cold, smooth or choppy, etc). I remain skeptical of this data because I think it’s so hard to pin down.
Good long chat after the session. Some concerns about net neutrality – something we’re of course watching closely. Particularly engaging youngster had some really interesting thoughts (father beaming with pride…). I always love when father&son show up, or any parent/child. Something particularly cool about a subject that can truly be shared across generations. I hope that happens more and more.
Also pleased to receive a good handful of local CDs.
Back on the train for a late night ride to NYC… (thanks a lot for the ride, Brian)