Ever really wanted to listen to music that fit your mood, rather than what you had in your CD/MP3 player?
Gotten tired of the same-old-same-old music that loops itself for you on your internet “radio” station?
Have you ever gotten tired of listening to commercials after every song on the radio?
I know I have. (Wow. How serious do I sound right there? I really think those late-night infomercial writers should hire me! “Just wait — I’m adding this am-A-zing set of Japanese Sushi knives to this deal — restaurant kitchen quality for the home kitchen price!” Sigh.)
Anyway, continuing on from before the random tangent, a friend mentioned something today about an internet “radio” station, that she listens to when she’s working, studying, and adding that little bit of extra shine to her kitchen’s floor. (That would be “housework.”)
The website is called Stereo Mood. It boasts a plethora of music I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard before, by artists (decent and not) of whom I’ve only heard a few. I haven’t heard an advertisement since I started listening (a whopping 45 minutes ago), and it allows you to skip to the next track, stop, pause, even re-listen to tracks in the list when you want to. There aren’t that many “popular” artists in the playlists, so I haven’t heard many old favorites, but I’m thinking it’s a great option for background music and for writing music. I listen to music when I write to help me get through fiction scenes with a consistent feeling, and this is pretty helpful for that.
The main page gives you a list of emotions to pick from, for which they give you what may be the “perfect” playlist for the mood you’re currently in — or possibly the mood you actually want to be in.
I still haven’t figured that part out. I do know that when I selected the “I feel like I want to cry” playlist, well… after a few songs I really did want to cry. I then migrated to the “Busy as a bee” option from the main page. If I were feeling hyperactive in the least, which I hardly ever do, I’m certain I could’ve gotten all six loads of my laundry done in a quarter of the time while listening to that station. So far, the “In love” playlist has been quite nice for listening, with a pleasant tone to most of the songs and lacking the urgency of the “Bee” list.
One of the loveliest tunes I’ve listened to is one by singer/songwriter Rosi Golan, a new name to me. But her voice is cheery, light, and matches the tone of her song, C’est L’amour. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have this sunny holiday afternoon!