I don’t listen to very much of today’s popular music, at least not intentionally — I do find it being inflicted on me in various shops and from cars waiting at stoplights, and I generally don’t like it. So I didn’t have high hopes for today’s Bootcamp stop, the Mix, XM Channel 22. In fact, I chose to wait until I got to the office to start listening, rather than turning it on while we got ready for work and school, as I’ve done for most Bootcamp days.
But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve heard so far. Many of the tunes were familiar, and I’ve enjoyed the music much more than I expected. The music has been mostly upbeat and energizing, but not so much so that I can’t use it as background while I work. And there hasn’t been anything which has really turned me off, unlike yesterday’s visit to the 70’s.
As I type this, I’m listening to OutKast’s “Hey Ya”, which Brad Kava described in his Murky Nooz column today as “sort of the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ of its day”. I’d never heard it before (though I gather it’s very popular :-)), and I wouldn’t compare it to “Good Vibrations”, but I enjoyed discovering it.
Will I come back to the Mix on a regular basis? Probably not often, but it’ll be worth an occasional visit.