I started using SnapChat a couple of months ago and I love sharing little bits of our day along the way. Some days I hardly snap at all and other days I snap a bunch. At the end of the day I often find myself watching my story again and smiling at how much fun we had or how silly the kids were.
Something that you wouldn't know about me from reading my blog or even following me on IG is that we LOVE music. LOVE!!! I grew up with music playing in our house all the time and love having it on at home pretty much all day. I love listening to the kids sing along, break out their little dance moves and hear all different types of music.
On SnapChat you can often hear little clips of the music we're listening to and the number one question I get asked is about what music we listen to... what stations, artists, etc.
So, today I thought we could talk music!
I am OBSESSED with PandoraONE. In case you're not familiar with it or haven't used it before, Pandora is an internet radio service that automatically generates recommendations based on what you're listening to and leaving feedback on.
I used to use the free version of Pandora, but about 6 months ago subscribed to PandoraONE where I pay a fee (it's $3/month) and I get to listen without ads and can skip as many songs as I want. (With the free version you could only skip a set number of songs at a time)
One of my favorite people to listen to is Jason Mraz. So about a year ago when I really got into Pandora I clicked on "create station" and added Jason Mraz and kind of went from there.
Once I created the station I would add artists/songs as I heard things on the radio that I loved so my "Jason Mraz Radio" station is actually a mix of a lot of my favorite artists.
My biggest Pandora tip is to make use of the thumbs up and thumbs down option. If you like a song, click the thumbs up and Pandora will play more songs/artists/albums that are similar to what you like. Also, be sure to use the thumbs down as well for songs you don't like because they won't play again. (So easy!) There's even a station now called "Thumbprint Radio" that only plays songs that you've given a thumbs up.
You can see in the picture below that this Gavin DeGraw song is a thumbs up because DUH! Love me some Gavin DeGraw!
If you click on a song it will often pull up similar artists which I think is a really cool feature. I've found lots of artists I wouldn't have found otherwise using this feature.
If I'm in the mood for something different, I'll browse the genre stations...
And there is seriously a genre for everything!!!
I mean... there's a station for cooking! Having a brunch at your house??? There's a station for that!
When I'm reading at night I like to pick one of the studying stations.
I usually use the Pandora App on my iPhone, but when I'm working on the computer I'll often listen to is on my desktop as well. I love that you can see your history so that if there was a song that I really liked (and gave a thumbs up) I can go back and see what it was.
There's also lots of info about artists and the song (usually they have the lyrics) and I LOVE that there's an option to buy the song as well. If you click it it takes you straight to the song on iTunes and I'm totally guilty of buying way too much music :)
I tend to stick with a lot of upbeat and fun music with worship, country and oldies music mixed in. Ukulele music, Broadway favorites (HELLO, Wicked Soundtrack!), Disney favorites (gotta love some When Will my Life Begin from Tangled and Reflection from Mulan!) a little bit of classical, a little bit of Kidz Bop and enough classic rock to keep everyone well versed in some Sweet Home Alabama ;)
Here are a few of my favorites right now.
Jason Mraz (obviously) and Jasmine Thompson who I LOVE!
I can't get enough of this song!
So good, right?!?!
Boyce Avenue and Anthem Lights both do covers that I think are so fun.
Classic by MKTO often gets played at least twice in a row :)
And I am guilty of totally jamming out to some of my middle school favorites :)
Meghan Trainor is a BIG favorite - I think she may be Griffin's go-to-girl :)
No, Me Too, Better when I'm dancing??? She can do no wrong in our book.
Bruno Mars always gets thumbs up from me (the clean versions. hahaha)
As does Andy Grammer. My kids LOVE his music!
You can't go wrong with a little T.Swift and/or Jack Johnson
My kids know that when this one comes on we're going to sing...
Mat Kearney music makes me smile...
Eric Hutchinson I found through Pandora and I find myself listening to him a lot!
And who doesn't love some Colbie Caillat Bubbly :)
Another new favorite is Shawn Mendes, which I'm pretty sure makes me about 14 years old. But you try to have this on and not break into a kitchen dance party. I dare you :)
I think Sugar by Maroon 5 is on every playlist I have...
And trust me.... you're going to be in a good mood after listening to The Sound of Sunshine. It's a perfect summer anthem.
I just realized that I left off all my favorite worship songs!!! And it's looking like I didn't screenshot any, so here are a few for you to add to your playlists...
Good, Good Father is a STAPLE and this version by Sarah Reeves is awesome.
I adore the original Hillsong version of Oceans, but this acoustic version brings me to tears on the regular.
And since we're talking about tears, don't even get me started on "Oh, How He Loves Us" by David Crowder
Everything Phil Wickham does is great, but we dance around to this one all the time...
and this song is kind of everything...
When I'm at home (and connected to WiFi) I pretty much exclusively listen to Pandora. When I'm out and about or not somewhere where I'm connected to WiFi I listen to my music on iTunes. When I hear something I LOVE on Pandora I'll usually buy the song and add it to my iTunes library. I don't have tons of music on my phone, but enough to get me through several Wi-Fi-free hours if need be.
I was hesitant to talk about music since I feel like it's such a personal taste thing, but I'm hoping that I answered everyone's questions and that you found a song or artist (or two!) to add to your stations/playlists.
What songs are you loving right now? What else should I be listening to? Leave your recommendations in the comments :)