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Mom Spot: Music Therapy

When you just can't stand the theme song to Thomas, Wow Wow Wubzy, or whatever your child's favorite music is at present, there is a way to escape. I'm pretty sure I've blogged about the joys of the iPod, but here's a little whipped cream and cherry for your music experience: Pandora.

The fact that I haven't mentioned Pandora in previous blogs is a terrific shock since, my husband will tell you, I'm pretty sure I was one of the first people listening. (That's an absolute exaggeration, by the way, although I have been listening for years.) In short, thanks to the Music Genome Project, you can find almost any artist you can think of and create a music station that plays only music that fits that sound or genre.

There is so much more you can do with Pandora now including bookmarking songs and artists, purchasing your favorite music with links to iTunes or Amazon, sharing your picks with friends, and more recently seeing lyrics or reading biographies of the artists your listening to. Very cool stuff.

And just for fun I wanted to share the music of an artist I recently heard live and absolutely love: Nathaniel Rateliff. Sadly, you can't find him on Pandora yet. He and his band are true indie and were phenomenal live (in fact the sampling on the MySpace page does not do them justice, in my humble opinion). Looks like he's at the Fox in Boulder and Bluebird in Denver in May... I highly recommend it. For my Philly friends, he'll be at the World Cafe Live in June. Also did manage to find a live recording from KBCO if you click HERE.

Enjoy some great music today. Please share the music that you find therapeutic on a tough "mom" day!

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