Help! Pandora Wants Me to be Jamaican

It all started innocently enough.  I enjoy listening to music at work and turn to Pandora for assistance in that department.  For those who don’t know, Pandora is a free online “radio” station, which you can customize with your own stations.  Based on what you like and don’t like, it will play music to conform to your preferences using some sort of complicated algorithm that I’m not patient enough to understand.

Earlier this year, I decided to create a station based on the Dave Matthews Band because I love Dave and his crew.  Since Pandora also gives you the option of adding suggested artists to existing stations, I added SuperHeavy to my DMB station.  SuperHeavy, it is a newish supergroup comprised of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley. 

That last band member is where the problem began.  Damian Marley is a descendant of the Bob and Ziggy Marley family, which has produced possibly the most recognizable reggae sound to anyone not of Jamaican ansestry.  Damian gives a little reggae flavor to some of the SuperHeavy tracks, but it is definitely not a reggae group.

After I added SuperHeavy to my station, Pandora began giving me a sprinkling of reggae songs intermixed with the more mainstream songs.  I could tolerate that as those songs had a comforting feel that was reminiscent of past cruises that our family has taken.  But that sprinkling started to snowball to the point where poor Dave is now being snuffed out by reggae artists I have never heard of- at least half the songs are reggae.

I’m desperately trying to reverse the process, pushing the thumbs-up button when a Dave Matthews song is played, and I even gave a thumbs-up to a Coldplay song in a frantic effort to coax Pandora back in the right direction.  Every now and then I’ll give a thumbs-down to a reggae song, but you can only do that so often before Pandora cuts you off for being too picky. 

Have I inadvertently ruined my station?  Should I delete it and start over? 

Oh, barnacles.  Maybe I should chuck the whole thing and just listen to my iPod.

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