Music is a powerful tool for healing and relaxing. If you find yourself spending a lot of time at your computer, or with your laptop in hospital rooms, take a look at Pandora Radio (www.pandora.com). You can create your own radio stations with your favorite artists or genres, so you can create stations that you or your loved one will enjoy listening to.
Some of the personal radio stations I’ve created: Dan Fogelberg, Jeff Buckley, Edith Piaf, Dean Martin, Antonio Vivaldi, Garth Brooks, Donna Summer, Harry James, and Loreena McKennitt. Once you create the radio station, Pandora will pick artists and music of similar styles, then you just let it play. I upgraded to Pandora One (for $36 a year), so no commercials, and better sound quality. You can also download it as an App for your iPhone. It’s also a great way to discover new music, and if you hear a song you like you can buy it or share it with a friend.
I added some cool little speakers to my laptop, the Cyber Acoustics CA-896 2-Piece Speaker System (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058OQ3UO) for $33.00 – the sound quality is fantastic. Now I have a groovy little system that I can set just about anywhere; kitchen counter, bedside table; and listen to for hours, and change the music with my mood. (A fast internet connection helps, try Pandora for free to see if it works for you before upgrading or buying speakers.)