Monthly Archives: April 2004

Bootcamp Day 79 (Delayed) — Boneyard

I probably had the volume way too low when I listend to Boneyard, so I didn’t get the full stadium rock experience. And let’s face it, stadium rock isn’t intended for background listening, so I missed out twice over.

I might stop by Boneyard again for a dose of energy, but only if I can crank the volume up a bit and only if I can pay attention.

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Bootcamp Day 96 — MTV Radio

I expected MTV Radio to suffer from three fundamental problems:

  • TV on the radio is not a great idea
  • I don’t watch MTV
  • I’m not thrilled with the current music that MTV deals with

I was right. One visit was plenty.

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Bootcamp Day 84 (Delayed) — Spirit

When I was in Japan a few weeks ago, I really enjoyed my visits to various shrines in Kamakura and Nikko (and some day, I’ll get my Nikko pictures back up on the Web). Similarly, I always enjoy seeing Winchester Cathedral on my trips to Hursley. I can honor the sincerity of the believers who created these works, even if I don’t have those same beliefs, and I can enjoy the beauty of what they created.

I have a similar reaction to the Gospel music on Spirit. I don’t have to buy into the message to enjoy the music, which is beautiful and moving. This won’t be a frequent stop on the XM dial for me, but it’s definitely an “up” spot.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Bootcamp Day 94 — Vox!

If you like opera, you’ll like Vox!. There are some operas I enjoy (or at least there are some excerpts from some operas which I enjoy), but I have to admit that my favorite operatic performance of all time is What’s Opera, Doc?, and so I think it’s safe to say that I fall outside of Vox’s prime audience.

So tuning in today was interesting, especially interweaving listening with work. I heard two acts of “Hamlet”, and part of “Anna Bolena”, but I don’t know either work well enough to know what’s going on, and I couldn’t really concentrate on listening.

If I knew there was going to be something on which I’d like, and which I had enough time to listen to in its entirety, I’d be willing to come back — but this isn’t a channel for casual, short-burst listening. At least not for me.

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Bootcamp Day 81 (Delayed) — Caliente

Caliente is Spanish for “hot”, and that’s a good description of the music on the channel — very high-energy, strong rhythms, lotsa bass. I liked it better than I liked the other surviving Spanish channel, Caricia, but it’s still not my cup of maté.

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Bootcamp Day 85 (Delayed) — Ngoma

When I turned on Ngoma this morning, the song being played seemed vaguely familiar — after thinking about it for a while, I recognized that it reminded me a lot of Talking Heads’ Once in a Lifetime (which is not surprising, since David Byrne used a lot of world music in the band’s work).

But that was about the only familiar song I heard during my listening; I enjoyed the beat, but found the music to be more distracting than I wanted today. I might come back occasionally out of curiosity, but it’ll be a rare visit.

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Bootcamp Day 88 (Delayed) — Nashville

I liked Nashville the least of any of the country channels on XM. In many ways, the music there seemed very much like the country music I heard when I was a kid than the other channels — which is odd, since it plays music from the 80s and later — and I really didn’t like country music when I was a kid.

So maybe it was my mood, or maybe the programming really is different, but this is not likely to be a channel I’ll come back to very often.

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Bootcamp Day 93 — World Zone

World Zone is a more diverse Folk Village, playing music in many styles from all over the world. And most of the music has been great — this is a channel I probably wouldn’t ever have gotten around to visiting without Bootcamp, but now it’s likely to become one of my favorites.

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Site problems

I’m not sure what happened, but the server hosting Defenestration Corner was down for about a day, so I wasn’t able to post my thoughts about the channels I visited yesterday until it came back to life, just after lunch West Coast time. So they’re on today’s page, but were actually written yesterday.

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Bootcamp Day 86 (Delayed) — On The Rocks

When I first got XM, On The Rocks had been temporarily changed to “Holly”, playing all Christmas music all the time — a format of no interest at all to me. And I never bothered to listen after it returned to its normal format, because I already had established my favorite XM channels. And then I missed the proper day during Bootcamp.

But I finally got around to listening today, and this channel is a gas! The music is familiar and mostly upbeat, which makes it good for work — even if it makes me consider beverages which are usually off-limits at work.

Definitely worth another round!

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