Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Trying to tell me something?

This morning, at the top of the Pandora website, the following:
"Get ready for Valentine's Day by listening to one of our Love (or Love Stinks) Stations."
Next to it, a clickable link that said "Learn More."  Particularly curious what songs might comprise a Love Stinks playlist, I clicked to "Learn More."

But the new window only opened to the same Ben Folds / Dar Williams - inspired station I've had on for the last 8 weeks. 

Hmm.  Does Pandora simply sense that a desire to hear Love Stinks songs in this season is bad form and is dissuading me?  Are Love and Love Stinks stations one and the same?  Or.  Did they instead skew my current algorithm towards heartbreak?

Here are the 5 songs that popped up immediately after the click:

1)  "Time of No Reply" - Nick Drake
Time goes by from year to year
And no one asks why I am standing here
But I have my answer as I look to the sky
This is the time of no reply.
The time of no reply is calling me to stay
There`s no hello and no goodbye
To leave there is no way.
2) "Teardrop" - Massive Attack
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

You're stumbling a little
You're stumbling a little
3) "Rainbow Sign" - Fruit Bats
Bring on the rain tell the Lord make it so, make it so
Bring on the wind let it blow let it blow let it blow
Waiting for the rainbow sign
Bring on the hail let it sting let it sting let it sting
Beneath a cloud of crows let 'em sing let 'em sing let 'em sing
4) "Volcano" - Damien Rice
Don't hold yourself like that
You'll hurt your knees
I kissed your mouth and back
But that's all I need
Don't build your world around volcanoes melt you down

What I am to you is not real
What I am to you you do not need
What I am to you is not what you mean to me
You give me miles and miles of mountains
And I'll ask for the sea
  5) "Dewdrop" - Ashton Allen
Now my face is on the floor and I'm asking you once more
To show me a sign so I'll know that it's divine
My bowl that is full of water
Don't let your anger burn against me, answer my request
Does she think I'm out of line here
cause I've put you to the test?

Miracles they happen every day
I think it's time for me
To put this drop on a shelf
And keep it there forever
Right beside my former self
Um, yeah. 

Although song # 6 gives me hope.

6)  "Say Yes" - Elliott Smith
I'm in love with the world through the eyes of a girl
Who's still around the morning after
We broke up a month ago, and I grew up - but didn't know
I'd be around the morning after
It's always been wait and see
A happy day and then you pay
and feel like shit the morning after
But now I feel changed around and instead of falling down
I'm standing up the morning after
Wikipedia says: "Say Yes" is one of Smith's widely recognized songs. It is happy and optimistic in both instrumentation and lyrics, which contrasts with the dark tone in most of his other songs. In an interview, Smith said that the song was written about "someone particular and I almost never do that. I was really in love with someone."

Of course, then, Smith died at age 34 from 2 stab wounds to the chest.

Love?  Or Love Stinks?
Day 9 of 28: 2.10 miles
February Total: 20.55
2011 Total: 70.56


Anonymous said...

Have you read the news about the shirtless, married congressman who was looking for love on craigslist? Who just resigned? Seems to be an epidemic of shirtless men on the sites, not just your experience!

Karin said...


amazing to me. not so much the shirtless photo (other than the nerdy flexing, he actually looks pretty good), but that he would troll Craiglist for hook-ups and sent photos of his face while using his REAL NAME and the e-mail account attached to his facebook profile. If you're going to lie about yourself you should also lie about your name.

Also, what the hell with the woman who notified Gawker over it? I'd be a rich gossip tipster if I notified a press outlet everytime some dude misrepresented himself online. She was on Craigslist asking men to post naked photos of themselves. She should be used to lying, cheating philanderers responding to those kinds of requests.....