Thank You for the Music, Internet

My obsession with music started early. It all began with a Fischer Price record player and Michael Jackson, progressed to a boombox where I wore out Greetings from Asbury Park (you could actually hear one side of the tape through the other!), evolved into the 10,000 Maniacs on my new cd player and then…the Internet happened! 

Can we please pause for a moment to remember the Napster that once was? Thank you, now on to iPods, which were essentially left in the dust by our smart phones, which have brought about many apps that help you discover and listen to music.


Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of Spotify – ahh the freedom to choose the music you want to listen to and, if you want, you can listen to the same song over and over again ala my Bruce Springsteen obsession, all for a low monthly fee. No need to hang on to those CDs (or even audio files) anymore it’s all in the cloud kids!

My only issue with Spotify, is there is almost too much music (did I just say that?) and when I don’t know what to choose I often revert to old standbys. The music rut.

Enter Songza – the FREE app that offers curated music on your desktop or phone based on day, setting and mood. I cracked up when I chose “Working in an Office (SFW)" -- > "Indie Music That’s Not to Weird", which then presented me a few playlist options including "Songs from Apple Commercials". How did I not think of creating this playlist myself? Well never mind because they did it for me and it is good!

Songza even has playlists to solve my entertaining needs: cooking breakfast, eating dinner and throwing an awesome cocktail party, in addition to many other fun categories. You can also sort by decades, genres and activities. 

I'm relieved I found this app just in time for my four hour drive to Boston where I'll be listening to "Sunny & Feel-good" on the open road and I definitely will not be at a loss for music.

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