You just broke up with your boyfriend. You flick on your iPod without thinking. It spits up “Walking on Sunshine,” then “Let's Stay Together,” then the Venga Boys' “We Like to Party.”
For unforeseen events that don't come with a playlist, Stereomood, an internet radio station that matches songs with your mood, provides a personal alternative. A mood bank on the home page offers a selection of emotions to describe the listener’s feelings or activity. As well as the typical “happy,” “sleepy” and “lonely” options, listeners can pull up music for a day when they feel “epic” or “bohemian.” In addition to a range of sentiments, this website also provides background music for “driving on Route 66” or being “lost in Jamaica.”
As I was working on this blog and researching for an article, I clicked on the “writing” playlist for some inspiration. Most of the song selections were soft or mellow, so as not to disturb the creative process. “Our House” by Crosby, Stills & Nash, “These Days” by Nico and “Don’t Worry, I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, serenaded me as I typed on my laptop.
Users can register for free and add songs they like on the site to a personal playlist. You can also search for music by artist if your mood simply dictates that you listen to an old favorite.
Secrets for All
This addictive website satisfies your urge to be nosy. Yet it comforts you with the fact that you are never alone—your most shameful thoughts may even be shared by someone halfway around the globe. People all over the world send in hand-decorated, anonymous postcards revealing a secret. Every Sunday, PostSecret publishes these private musings.
The site has complied years of cryptic postcards into books. The secret-sorters host live events, too.
The site can also be a support network. Last Sunday, a card came through that revealed the sender’s intention to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge this summer. Only hours after it was posted, more than 11,000 people joined a Facebook group especially created to reach out to the sender and convince the secret-sharer that life is worth living.
Though this is particularly dark example, PostSecret also has a lighter side. My personal favorites?
“I’m taking pleasure in watching my roommate gain the Freshman 15.”
“I’m a grown man, and I still pretend that I’m a rockstar when I stay at hotels.”
“You pretend to be so happy now that you are remarried, but I know you stalk my MySpace page daily.”