As I sit down to write this at 3 PM on Friday May 17th, it’s officially May Long Weekend (it starts at noon, right?).
Although the weather doesn’t typically cooperate with us over May Long Weekend it’s officially now patio, camping, and backyard BBQing season here in Canada.
Remember, it won’t last long so be sure to take advantage of it while you can.
The inspiration for this post is Mother’s Day, May Long Weekend and summer in general.
We hosted 11 people over here for Mother’s Day brunch and it was a lot of work. Groceries, setting up a second table, cleaning, cooking, entertaining and so much more that goes into hosting a fun party.
The one thing that I love knowing I won’t have to worry about is: The Music
You see, I have this personal DJ that follows me around wherever I go and plays nothing but the hits based on my mood or setting that day.
Family dinner means smooth jazz or country. Beers with buddies on the deck equals classic rock or country. Reading a book means classical or country. Stuck in rush hour means rap or country. Country goes with every occasion, doesn’t it? (Make sure to leave a comment if you agree or don’t agree.)
You might be wondering how much this personal DJ of mine costs to be on call and ready to drop some tunes whenever and wherever I want him to be.
It costs me a big fat zero.
That’s right, nothing, nada, zilch, zero.
Of course, I’m talking about Pandora Internet Radio, and before you tell me it’s not available up here in Canada, I promise that you can get it up here.
If you know how to virtually reside in the USA , then you ARE able to listen to Pandora in Canada, even on the go over your cellular network.
But, you will need a brilliant little piece of software, that I refer to as HMA, that does cost as little as $6.55 per month. Trust me, it’s worth tens times that for all the free content you can access from Pandora and Hulu alone.
If you have a Canaidan Netflix account you can use it to access the American Netflix library in Canada too (which will likely blow you mind with how much better it is).
I just want to let you know how great having HMA and Pandora can be when you’re hosting a backyard barbeque, enjoying time at the lake with friends or even just enjoying an icy cold beverage with someone special in the evenings.
What makes Pandora so great is you don’t have to worry about making a playlist or worry about picking the next song all the time.
Pandora’s music genome project is the backbone of the service. Their efforts to “capture the essence at the fundamental level” has clearly worked, as it’s amazing how Pandora knows my musical tastes almost better than I do.
I will also admit that I’m a lazy Pandora user. I spend about 5-20 minutes the first time I set up a new radio station giving songs thumbs up or thumbs down and then I just let things ride. I find that 5-20 minutes of guidance is all Pandora needs to essentially know exactly what you want to listen to.
What I like to do is turn on HMA on my iPhone, pick one of my Pandora radio stations, set my phone in my [easyazon-link asin=”B000V2FJAS” locale=”ca”]Bose Portable SoundDock[/easyazon-link] and then:
If you’re looking to jazz up your summer gatherings I recommend you check out the guides on how to get Pandora in Canada and how to get Pandora in Canada on your iPhone, iPad or iPod in Canada.
Those guides will show you how to set things up so you too can be enjoying hassle free hits in your backyard all summer long.
Enjoy the long weekend and the rest of the summer my fellow Canadians!