Bootcamp Day 20 — Deep Tracks

Back on January 13th, when Bootcamp visited the 70’s, I wondered where all of the music I’d listened to during that decade had gone.

Today, that question was answered as Bootcamp moved on to Deep Tracks. This was yet another channel which I hadn’t had a chance to listen to at any length, but which I expected to like when I got around to it, and today was my chance.

I awaken most mornings to KDFC/102.1, which I usually turn off immediately, and that’s it until it’s nearly time to leave for work. But this morning, I prevailed on Jeff and Diane to let me turn on the XM radio right after breakfast so I could get started with Deep Tracks. And I wasn’t disappointed — my instant reaction was, “I haven’t heard that song for a long time”. Unfortunately, the song in question was The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Rain on the Roof”, which was never one of my favorites, but it did set the mood of rediscovery for the day.

I had to go back to FM for the drive to work — I used to like the Greg Kihn show on KUFX/98.5, but the music/talk ratio has been deteriorating for a long time, and today was no exception. And, of course, they tend to play the same few hundred songs all the time — Boston’s “Just Another Band from Boston” was the only song I heard during my drive (I gave up and went back to KCBS/740 for news).

When I got to my office, I fired up the XMPCR to continue listening to Deep Tracks, and decided I’d see if I could get a request onto their queue. The DJ (I think it was Earle, but I’m not sure) answered right away, and we chatted for a bit (including a discussion of Bootcamp and of this weblog). I had two requests in mind — I wanted to hear pretty much anything by Quicksilver Messenger Service, but he’d just played something by them, so we moved on to my second request, “The Intro and the Outro” by the Bonzo Dog Band. I was afraid he’d tell me it belonged on Special X, but he didn’t — instead, he said he’d play it in six minutes. And he did, just in time for me to hear it before my first conference call of the day.

I kept listening, albeit usually as background music, all day, and enjoyed it immensely. I must admit to tuning away when the Grateful Dead Hour started, though — I do have my limits.

I’ll be back to Deep Tracks frequently. Strongly recommended!

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