A very pleasant surprise that I stumbled into last week when I was driving home from the corporate IT conference in Chicago is a radio show called “Front Porch.” I discovered the show when I dropping the Indianapolis radio stations and getting into the range of the Louisville broadcast, just slightly after 8:00pm or so. As I scanned the dial I heard a good sounding bluegrass sound and stopped on WFPK, out of Louisvile, an old friend from the time I used to head up to Louisville on a regular basis. Turns out that was not the only blast from the past that was to come from listening to this show…
It has been a long time since I have really made any mention of Pandora Radio here on Mephistos. Be sure though that the lack of mention does not mean that I have not been using it. In fact, with all the extra options for the user of the wonderful technology I regularly max on the free account. Clearly, with all the great new options it is more than past time to revisit the product. For those that are not aware of the product, a brief synopsis is in order. It is a streaming internet based radio that will work on a genre or you can seed the music with a specific artist or even a single song. The great thing is the database of music information (via the Music Genome Project) they have that finds similar music to present to you on the stream.
A few weeks back my wife and I took my Mother-In-Law down to Louisville for a George Strait concert. It just happened that while he was the headline act, Reba was also playing, before him. Clearly she was not the headline, but of fame and talent herself. Additionally, the show was warmed up by Leann Womack. The show itself was an awesome event and as you know, if you have been reading I had been looking forward to see George in concert for sometime anyway. The day turned out be rather long, by the time we got all the way back to Nicholasville and into bed, but it was well worth it all the same.
Mid-last week Amazon announced a couple of new services called Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. There was much hub-bub after the announced about how this would put Amazon ahead of Google and Apple in this niche of the field and much grinding of teeth over the seeming very open privacy options that Amazon has stated in the Terms of Service for these particular services. I want to give some thoughts on both aspects, but first I think should define just what each is.
Anyone else out there listen to NPR? In the last couple of weeks they have announced both the death of a men’s suit and rock and roll. I suppose that I really should not be shocked by the latter has certainly felt the death of the former occurred sometime ago. I was a little shocked to hear both of them being announced on NPR in such a short time span and especially the suit story coming from them really means the suit is indeed dead.
George Strait is a great musician and really just an all around great guy. Such longevity and he keeps going with what is undeniably true country western music.