Pandora’s Jukebox

The name Pandora means “all gifted” in Greek. In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora received many gifts from the Gods, including the gift of music, from Apollo. She was also, as we all know, insatiably curious.

Unlike those Gods of old, however, we celebrate that virtue and have made it our mission to reward the musically curious among us with a never-ending experience of music discovery.

It’s also important to note that at the bottom of Pandora’s box was Hope…

Pandora is possibly better known as “she who released the ills of man into the world,” but I like pandora.com and would not argue their creative muse.

Pandora.com is back-ended by the Music Genome Project©, the most comprehensive analysis of music known (by me). My wife pointed out to me that Pandora.com is great for those (numb skulls) that only listen to music for…well…music. She, being of a distinctly different genre of listener, listens to music for the lyrics. That is, she follows great songwriters. Their music is second in interest, though of a particular caliber and aspect of good. To know what I’m talking about, you’d listen to examples from Sting, the Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, et al. Since music is a monolinguistic experience for her, she doesn’t often get trapped into liking catchy pop tunes like those of us who just listen to the music.

I was reading the descriptions on some Caribou coffees the other day and came across the following ambrosial qualities:

A fragrant brew that starts with a silky, syrupy taste and ends with smoky berry notes.

A rich, rugged blend with pecan, brazil nut, and exotic fruit tones peeking out of a lush dark canopy. Organic.

A lively blend of intense, juicy coffee with high lemongrass notes and a deep undercurrent of peaches and plums.

These subtle flavors can be detected within the dark stuff, but sometimes they’re only recognized after having read them. Now that I have read them, I want to search for coffees that combine the specifics that I find especially delicious. That’s a different problem.

That got me thinking about Pandora.com, and I realized that they’re missing a similar method to discovering music. Let me know if I’m missing something entirely, but I would love it if the Music Genome Project worked in such a way that I could pick out the qualities in music that I really like, then have the MGP find matching titles. And maybe they can work on a side project for me to find coffees in the same way.