Solo piano tracks when you're ridin' solo

So I've been looking for an Internet radio since Yahoo! Launchcast closed its doors on my region. These are the moments when you'd wish everyone's generous enough to have a Creative Commons license, but then again that's not entirely possible. And so my hunt began.


Last.FM doesn't really give listeners random tunes as our good ol' radio stations do. It favors personalization, like every other product in the market today, but doesn't quite bail you out from nostalgia for the old ways. There were also those unsure streaming stations which cut you off once you start downloading something else. And so there was almost no hope left to find another Internet radio much like Launchcast, until last Monday.



Since I'm usually a grateful interestingness curator, I'm sharing one of my greatest finds: Sky.fm I discovered it accidentally while googling for free streaming classical pieces for early morning design inspiration. I didn't want any surprises like rap verses in the middle of a serene love song, so I chose the Solo Piano channel for ambient music.

The small pop-up Chrome window first played "David Nevue - Song for Noelle." I wanted to cry. It's soft, slow and quiet. Something a father would play for his little daughter. True enough though, the entire album was written "to express the life-changing magic of fatherhood."

Just last week when I visited home, my sisters and I half-viewed The Last Song, which is pleasantly more than just another love story. The title relates the dying Greg Kinnear character who writes a song / piano tune for his rebellious Miley Cyrus kid. Nevue's "Sweet Dreams and Starlight" solo piano album could have been the perfect soundtrack for the flick.

This is why the old radio way is still so charming. Listeners discover tracks they've never listened to before, and not only those they choose to catch. It's not always that everything newer and shiner is better. Moral of the story is, "old things are old because they're good."* #

*Above quote from current read http://bit.ly/d7bqCO
Photo 1: Two girls and a piano by Jessie Lyn McMains on Flickr

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