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Pandora Goes Back to School

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First off, I would like to apologize for not updating the blog and the Pandora challenge in over a week. I know the “Work was crazy” excuse isn’t acceptable, but it’ll have to do for now.

On a melancholy note, this is the final week of the Pandora challenge. On Tuesday, the Tony Kornheiser Show returns to the air and will entertain my daily runs until next summer. I’ll try to make this week good.

The end of summer means the Tony Kornheiser Show returns to the radio, and it also marks the return of school. Louisiana public schools returned a couple of weeks ago, meaning terrible parents racing down my street in the morning to get their kid to school and then annoying parents yelling at you to slow down when you’re already going 20 in the school zone. How many more months?

LSU started on Monday, but other than getting stuck in traffic over the weekend when the students moved in, that doesn’t affect me. Another sign I’m getting old.

To celebrate the return of school, Pandora introduced a “Back to School” album, so that was my playlist on a 5-miler over the weekend. Going into the station, I had no idea what to expect or what “Back to School” songs included. It wasn’t really what I expected at all…

 

Labrinth – “Beneath Your Beautiful”

I never heard this song before, and it’s good. It’s also a lot slower than what I was expecting, which, again, I had no idea what to expect.

But at least the name of the song is fitting for going back to school. Way to use the wrong form of “You’re” in the title of the song, Labrinth. Your an idiot.

 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”

While I appreciate their message behind the song, this was the first time I listened to it from start to finish. I normally switch the radio station when this song comes on because it’s so slow and boring. I applaud the effort, but this song does nothing for me entertainment-wise.

 

Lana del Rey – “Summertime Sadness”

See, this is more of what I was expecting! Well, maybe not the slow sound of these three songs, but it’s fitting with the end of summertime and the sadness of kids going back to school. I know none of yall would have figured out that symbolism with this song, but I’m here to help. I do hold an English degree, and this type of deep, thoughtful examination of meaning is what I majored in. It pays off daily.

 

Maroon 5 – “Love Somebody”

Shouldn’t it be time for this band to dissolve and Adam Levine to start an independent career?

 

Ke$ha – “Crazy Kids”

I think I’ve said it before, but again, weak effort, Ke$ha.

 

Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”

I’m also ready for this song to slowly go away. I really liked this song when it first came out, mainly because it was the intro song to LSU baseball games, but after a disappointing baseball postseason, I’m ready to no longer know what this song sounds like in the dark.

 

Pitbull – “This Moment”

Maybe a bit too much hair in the back

Maybe a bit too much hair in the back

Confession: I love Pitbull. I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help it. I realize he’s a douchebag and by enjoying his music, I become douchier, but his music is so damn catchy!

A couple of Halloweens ago, I dressed up as Pitbull in his Dr. Pepper commercial. It was fantastic. I suited up, balded down and did the best I could to find an ascot. I was ready to have a real good time.

Sadly, though, the Halloween party was attended by people who didn’t watch TV and never saw the commercial and hipsters who never heard of Pitbull. Complete failure. But I did get to enjoy Dr. Pepper and some Malibu all night, so I had a real good time.

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