Monthly Archives: April 2004
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!