Music is a big deal around our house, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned a time or two. Dale has been the lead singer in his band for 45+ years and, as such, he’s pretty much always singing. It’s sweet and comforting, I always know where he is, I just have to follow the tune! Even more than that, though, music is playing a lot at home. We’ve got those awesome Sonos speakers in every room (and outside now, too) and it’s just so easy to push a couple of buttons on my phone and get some tunes going.
I used to be a big user of Pandora and had a pretty carefully curated adult alternative station going but the commercials annoyed me and I wasn’t willing to pay to have them disappear. I also find it really weird that when you have Pandora create a station based on a particular artist it often seems like they play everything but music but that artist. Weird. I tried Apple music for a while and I have Amazon Prime so there’s also a limited music service with that.
About a year ago, though, prompted by seeing so many of you use it successfully, I switched to Spotify. I am so glad I did! I do pay for it ($9.99/month) but it’s worth every penny. I can listen to entire albums, I can create my own playlists as well as follow playlists of people I know, I can create a radio station that actually plays the music I want to hear, and it’s really just fantastic. It integrates easily with our Sonos speakers and I’m very satisfied with it. I’d love it if Dale would take the plunge and learn to use it, too, but for right now he’s content (sort of) to listen to whatever I select.
These days that’s a lot of The Avett Brothers (because I’m going to see them Saturday night!), some pretty good country honky tonk, and summertime music. I also really enjoy the Daily Mix that Spotify creates for me and the Discover Weekly and Release Radar lists, too. There’s just so much good music out there to listen to and I love how Spotify makes it so easy to find new music that I love.
I didn’t intend for this to sound like a commercial but I’ll admit it does! Please know that it’s not and it’s really just my own enthusiasm for music, Sonos and Spotify that has prompted this post.